This book presents a realistic perspective on the paradoxes employees face when navigating work and personal responsibilities for career success. The author answers the critical question of how to achieve sustainable and rewarding work-life integration from a perspective of "both/and" rather than "either/or."
While most books focus on a fragmented, hyper-effective view of women and leadership, this book advances the need for an integrated approach. Its Competing Values Framework acts as an organizing model that aligns personal competency with organizational capability, helping readers to identify important leadership roles and competencies, break societal barriers, and choose the right set of behaviors to fit their personal and professional goals. In-chapter text boxes provide personal insight from real employees both entering and established in leadership positions, offering a varied perspective on the challenges and resolutions available to women in management. As men become more engaged with their families, they too will find this book a useful tool.
Students in diversity management, women and management, career development, leadership, and organizational behavior classes will benefit from this realistic and sustainable alternative to the "have it all" model.
Alan T. Belasen is Professor and former Chair of the Graduate Business, Management and Leadership programs at SUNY Empire State College, USA. He is the co-editor of Confronting Corruption in Business, published by Routledge in 2015.
Introduction: Work-Life Integration Part I: Promoting Value Congruence 1. Challenging the Binary 2. Empowering Women Entrepreneurs Part II: Reinforcing Comparable Worth 3. Promoting Equality in Management 4. Cracking the Glass Ceiling Part III: Retaining Key Positions 5. Creating Effective Boards 6. Rethinking Women and Leadership Part IV: Breaking Societal Barriers 7. Changing the Corporate Mindset 8. Sustaining Diversity and Inclusion Conclusion: Quality of Work-Life