2nd Edition

Coaching Women to Lead Changing the World from the Inside

    282 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    282 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Ten years ago, the first edition of this book asked why there was such a low number of women filling leadership roles and outlined what it took for women to succeed in their careers. Since then, headline numbers have gone up but has there been real change? This new edition continues a deep investigation into underlying issues and coaching responses. Building on the first edition’s original research with the London School of Economics, the authors revisit all assumptions, adding millennials and beyond, as well as a broader selection of industry sectors. In this book, you will find:

    • How to build a business case for coaching women specific to your organisation.
    • Which areas of coaching are the most useful at which stage of long careers – not just age.
    • Refreshed interviews with past and new women leaders.
    • Specific tools and techniques to develop women leaders and build more women-friendly organisations.

    The original research clearly stands, so do the core elements of coaching that lead to success. This book will be of great interest to coaches, women leaders, professional managers and academics.

    List of figures and tables Preface 01. Why women? – The need to differentiate in coaching 02. Why bother with women leaders? – The business case for coaching 03. What are the critical stages of a woman’s career and their coaching requirements? 04. What do women want? – Reporting the results of our research 05. In search of role models – conversations with exemplary women 06. 10 years on – what our role models report? 07. Coaching women to lead – a systematic approach to coaching women for success 08. What makes a strong leader? – A model for women’s leadership development 09. How to develop a woman-friendly organisation 010. Conclusions Bibliography Appendix: The research Index


    Averil Leimon started her career as a Clinical Psychologist but decided early that she wanted to use her psychological knowledge to improve performance and satisfaction at work. She is co-founder of the White Water Group, a London-based leadership consulting firm. Her clients include global banks and insurance companies, utilities, and engineering firms. Her current research focuses on well-being.

    François Moscovici has been in turns a strategy consultant, a business manager, an executive coach, an entrepreneur, and a professional chef. Co-founder of the White Water Group, he brings a unique understanding of both business issues and how to influence behaviours at a senior level. His current research focuses on ‘followership’ in the context of Diversity. He is also a Non-Executive Director for professional services firms.

    Helen Goodier has specialised in gender diversity work for more than 20 years, starting with Unilever, and has helped global companies embrace the subject, particularly as a communication specialist. She came to coaching over a decade ago and is the current Regional Chair of the Association for Coaching – USA MCI & The Caribbean.

    "This second edition of Coaching Women to Lead is even more relevant. It incorporates the views of millennials turned managers, sets the context of women leadership in the broader diversity agenda, and brings it all to life with real world success stories. The coaching techniques and practical examples have been updated and broadened and will be equally useful to the professional coach and to women interested in their development. Part text-book, part trusted friend, this is also essential reading for HR professionals, C-Suite executives and any manager looking to realise the full potential from their female colleagues/businesses." Katherine Tulpa, Founding Chair & CEO Association for Coaching, Founder Wisdom8