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1st Edition

Coaching Women to Lead

ISBN 9780415491051
Published October 22, 2010 by Routledge
248 Pages

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Book Description

Coaching Women to Lead asks why, in the 21st century, there is still such a disparity in the number of women filling leadership roles, compared with men. It argues that a specific coaching approach for women is not only possible but required to support women throughout their corporate career. In this book you will find:

  • How to build a robust business case for coaching women
  • Which areas of coaching are the most useful at which career stage
  • An academic survey to discover what women need to succeed
  • In-depth interviews with women role models
  • Specific tools and techniques to develop a women-focused coaching programme.

Using case studies and findings from the authors' research, Coaching Women to Lead proposes defined areas for coaching women, and offers practical advice for coaches who wish to contribute to the development of excellent women leaders.

Table of Contents

Why Women? The Need to Differentiate in Coaching. Why Bother With Women Leaders? The Business Case for Coaching. What are the Crtical Stages of a Woman's Career and Their Coaching Requirements. What Do Women Want? Reporting the Results of Our Research. In Search of Role Models: Conversations with Exemplary Women. Coaching Women to Lead: A Systematic Approach to Coaching Women for Success. What Makes a Strong Leader? A Model for Women's Leadership Development. How To Develop a Woman-Friendly Organisation. What is the Global Picture? Lessons From Coaching Women to Lead Around The World. Conclusions. 

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Averil Leimon is a director of White Water Strategies, a London based leadership consultancy. She has pioneered the process of psychology and coaching in business for over 20 years. She is one of the foremost UK specialists in the science of positive psychology. This is her fourth book on coaching.

François Moscovici is also a director of White Water Strategies. He advises senior leaders around Europe on both their business and personal strategies. His research focuses on the ‘next big thing’ for captains of industry: currently the impact of baby-boomers’ retirement and the East-West tussle for senior talent.

Helen Goodier is a gender diversity specialist and communicator who has worked with multinationals for over a decade. She brings her unique insight on gender in the workplace to coaching senior women at work.


"Coaching Women to Lead is timely, relevant, and hugely inspiring! The authors effortlessly demonstrate an approach that goes beyond conventional wisdom, bringing it to life with real world success stories, and doing so in a true coaching style that harnesses the strengths and rewards that coaching women can bring. This is essential reading for not only coaches, but L&D professionals, C-Suite executives, and any manager looking to realise the full potential from their female colleagues/ businesses." - Katherine Tulpa, CEO, Association for Coaching® and Co-founder, Wisdom8