Recognizing Women's Leadership
Strategies and Best Practices for Employing Excellence
by Tiffani Lennon
August 2014, 246pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-3116-4
$41, £31, 35€, A59
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The question is no longer if women are effective leaders, but how they lead.

According to recent data on women leaders across all major sectors in the United States, women are outperforming men but earning less and still hitting the glass ceiling. This book uncovers the best practices to remedy these inequities, optimize performance, and benefit both genders.

In compiling and analyzing 2011–2012 data on women leaders across all major sectors in the United States, author Tiffani Lennon, JD, uncovered proof that women are outperforming men—yet salaries and positional leadership roles are disproportionate to the performance and accomplishments of women in nearly all sectors. Recognizing Women’s Leadership: Strategies and Best Practices for Employing Excellence presents a comprehensive look at agencies and organizations with the smallest pay gap and the largest percentage of female positional leaders to reveal best practices and strategies that ensure gender parity and optimal business performance, including impact, revenue, and efficacy.

The study examined in this book included approximately 1,500 for-profit companies, not-for-profit businesses, and other organizations and associations throughout the country to establish the number of women leaders among the top echelon in each industry. Researchers also calculated leadership performance by identifying the frequency with which women received industry distinctions and awards, were top revenue generators, and achieved best-sellers list status, among other sector-specific criteria. The ramifications of the study’s findings portend the future of the United States as a global competitor and as such need to be part of the public discourse surrounding the state of the American economy.


  • Elevates the conversation about why women's leadership is still lacking in the United States and debunks typical myths about gender disparity in the U.S. workforce
  • Offers strategies and best practices for companies and organizations to ensure excellence
  • Presents findings based on current research and analysis on thousands of positions across hundreds of companies in 14 sectors
  • Provides insights from interviews with representatives of several of the most successful companies in the United States about their practices that help ensure excellence
Tiffani Lennon, JD, is a constitutional law and individual rights attorney who chairs the Law and Society and Community-Based Research programs at Colorado Women's College of the University of Denver. She also directs the college's internationalization efforts. Lennon was a fellow in Washington, DC, where she helped to frame strategic litigation to systematically address rights violations. Lennon has authored several policy reports with national implications. Her research areas include comparative constitutional politics and policy impact on unrepresented communities. She is completing her master of laws degree in economic law, development, and justice at the University of London and is working on a national study examining women's leadership across major sectors in the United States.
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