PINK magazine is my new favorite magazine. PINK exists to promote a new generation of ambitious, compassionate, resilient, powerful and passionate women who are making a significant impact on the world through their work and their lives-while being true to themselves. Each issue has great articles about work-life balance, finance, career development, networking, and issues facing women in business.
They often have good business book suggestions and this is the one from the current issue (May/June 2008) that looks the best to me:
Through the Labyrinth: The Truth About How Women Become Leaders by Alice H. Eagly and Linda L. Carli – Eagly and Carli are professors at Harvard Business School and wrote an article in this issue of PINK magazine titled “Welcome to the Labyrinth.” The HBS Press online store lists this description of this book:
Despite real progress, women remain rare enough in elite positions of power that their presence still evokes a sense of wonder. In “Through the Labyrinth,” Alice Eagly and Linda Carli examine why women’s paths to power remain difficult to traverse. First, Eagly and Carli prove that the glass ceiling is no longer a useful metaphor and offer seven reasons why. They propose the labyrinth as a better image and explain how to navigate through it. This important and practical book addresses such critical questions as: How far have women actually come as leaders? Do stereotypes and prejudices still limit women’s opportunities? Do people resist women’s leadership more than men’s? And, do organizations create obstacles to women who would be leaders? This book’s rich analysis is founded on scientific research from psychology, economics, sociology, political science, and management. The authors ground their conclusions in that research and invoke a wealth of engaging anecdotes and personal accounts to illustrate the practical principles that emerge. With excellent leadership in short supply, no group, organization, or nation can afford to restrict women’s access to leadership roles. This book evaluates whether such restrictions are present and, when they are, what we can do to eliminate them.