or How to Succeed in Business Without Being One of the Boys
The basic theme of this book is that women can use feminine traits to succeed in leadership roles. The ladies are evidently really good at feelings and can be more intuitive leaders than the guys. The 70s and 80s were loaded with this kind of literature as women started entering professions previously off limits. I was one of those who would suck these books up like they were water. Most of the time, these books were little help in navigating a career in the real world. It’s not like senior management grabbed on to these concepts and welcomed women with open arms.
Library leadership and management is an area I love to read and talk about. Libraries are particularly interesting to me both as employee and as an academic study. Effective leadership, especially in service professions, is way more complex than simply highlighting masculine or feminine traits. Regardless of gender, each person brings different skills to the table. The best managers are always the ones that listen to their staff, understanding that the staff can provide a unique perspective and skill set to a discussion.