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Book review of How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back

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BOOK REVIEW | gender discrimination | gender bias

Geetanjali Krishna  |  New Delhi 



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Book cover of How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back

A quick browse through 2020’s top self help titles for reveals why Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith’s latest book, How Rise, should be read. It stands out in a bevy of other that exhort to deal with finding their passion, unleashing their creativity and finding joy in tidying up, for its focus on female executives on the lookout for fulfilling careers. The authors argue that men and women typically present such different self-limiting behaviours in business that previous self help books, including one written by Mr Goldsmith himself, are not relevant to them. Women executives, the authors have found in the course of their careers as leadership gurus and career coaches, are often held back by 12 commonly held habits that hinder their professional growth. Some are predictable, such as “negative mind sets” while others less so (like “overvaluing expertise” and “perfectionism”). True to the self-help genre, they assure readers to develop a greater self-awareness of these habits and suggest strategies to change them.

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First Published: Thu, November 12 2020. 00:59 IST

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