Building a New Leadership Ladder: Transforming Male-Dominated Organizations to Support Women on the Rise

  • 5h 6m 52s
  • Carol J. Geffner
  • Gildan Media
  • 2024

When it comes to the gender gap, it is not enough to ask women to "lean in" and demand promotions and raises. Organizations have an obligation to level up and provide women with more opportunities for advancement. In this book, leadership and governance expert Carol Geffner makes a strong case that for women to reach their full potential, workplaces and their leaders must take a more proactive role in combating gender discrimination.

Based on over 200 hours of interviews with women leaders in the United States and abroad, Building a New Leadership Ladder demonstrates that even when women are promoted to leadership positions, they are rarely given access to the same support networks as their male colleagues. Covering sectors as diverse as higher education, health care, law enforcement, and the military, the book identifies common strategies that all organizations can use to remove obstacles for women's advancement.

More than a how-to guide on how women can ascend to the top, Building a New Leadership Ladder is a bold call to action for organizations and their leaders to proactively foster the conditions under which women's efforts to rise up are consistently recognized and rewarded.

About the Author

Carol J. Geffner is Professor of the Practice of Governance and Management at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy, where she directs the Executive Master of Leadership Program. Prior to joining USC, Geffner was a member of the C-Suite for Freedom Communications and was the founder and president of Newpoint Healthcare Advisors, LLC.

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter 1 - A Status Update on Women’s Leadership
  • Chapter 2 - Mindset versus Organizational Culture
  • Chapter 3 - The Preparation Paradox
  • Chapter 4 - Entrenched Scripts and Double Standards
  • Chapter 5 - Building an Ecosystem of Support
  • Chapter 6 - Succession Planning and Legacies
  • Chapter 7 - Roundtable on the Future of Women’s Leadership
  • Conclusion: Five Pillars of Change


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