“Research has proven that companies with more women in leadership positions have as much as 69% higher financial performance compared to companies with fewer women in senior positions.  These and other similar findings are setting the stage for women to move confidently into business leadership.  This book tells you what everyone in business needs to know to succeed.  It is rich with proven, practical knowledge and insights from highly successful women that you can put into action immediately to create your executive presence,  be viewed as “leadership material” and maximize your opportunities.”
Nina McLemore, Founder and CEO, Nina McLemore, Inc.; Founder and former President, Liz Claiborne Accessories; former member Executive Committee, Liz Claiborne, Inc. 


“A fabulously insightful and powerful book for women who aspire to business leadership. Based on decades of experience and research, the authors reveal key insights and  successful strategies, including practical how-to advice, to enable women to hone and enhance their inherent leadership strengths.  The book provides women a compelling and straightforward blueprint for accelerated business success!  This is a must-read for women, and for all mentors and coaches of women!”
—Richard Falcone, Chairman, Xperior-Consulting, Inc.; former Chairman/CEO of Securus Technologies, Inc.; and former AT&T Senior Vice President 


“Sharon Hadary and Laura Henderson have written a book that will be a blueprint for success that will inspire women in business for years to come — and not a moment too soon, given women’s steadily expanding influence in business.  Hadary and Henderson have combined personal insight, research-based knowledge, and real-life lessons in a thought-provoking guide that will benefit women just beginning their leadership journey and women at the pinnacle of their professions.  How Women Lead: The 8 Essential Strategies Successful Women Know is a celebration of the perspective and power of successful women.  This book belongs in every leaders’ personal library.”
—Maria Coyne, Executive Vice President, Consumer and Small Business Segment Head, KeyBank; Member Executive Council, KeyCorp


“This books contains many interesting facts that surprised me about women in the world of business (such as the fact that close to half of all privately held businesses are owned by women).  Additionally, it brings to light a refreshing perspective that, instead of pushing women’s unique attributes under the rug, women can utilize their differences with men in order to lead effectively and expertly.”
Katherine Halley  (See all Amazon Reviews)


How Women Lead by Hadary and Henderson is a good book about how women lead not just differently from men, but in a way that they can be highly successful and bring great benefits to the businesses they work in. The book is a ‘how to’ be successful guide for women based on advice from women who are already leaders in their chosen fields.  The list of c-level manager, directors, officers, and vice-presidents that share their stories and suggestions make the book both interesting and invaluable.  These women leaders came from various backgrounds and highlight the differences in for-profit, non-profit, and military career choices.  Their compilation of comments resulted in the 8 strategies suggested in the book.  These strategies include keys actions like: empowering self, planning career moves, how to brand yourself, the importance of knowing business and finance, team-building, and integrating home and work life in a way that works best for individual values.

I think every working woman who wants to have a successful career and feel good about it should read strategy 7.  It will help them reduce feelings of guilt about working outside the home and make them feel better.  It will also encourage them to make the kind of plans necessary for professional growth and personal enrichment, while allowing time for family and friends.”
Shirley Fine Lee  (See all Amazon Reviews)


“Very practical stuff, touching on all aspects of life – not just how to make it into the boardroom, but building a well-rounded life too. Lots of good advice, but an easy and interesting read, with lots of quotes and anecdotes. I’ve recommended it to friends.”
Sheri (London, England)  (See all Amazon Reviews)


I got a job with this book! It was a gift from my mom, right before I was interviewing for a new job. I ended up getting the job, which was two levels above my current position. I can definitely say it was in part due to the information in this book. The most useful chapter was entitled Advocate Unabashedly for Yourself. Women, in general, tend to have a harder time taking credit for and selling their accomplishments. Thus we get passed over for promotions and better assignments. The big take aways from this chapter are:

  • Develop a brand that is uniquely yours
  • Think of yourself as a valuable asset
  • Create an executive presence
  • Build your reputation strategically
  • Track and quantify your successes
  • Do your research
  • Ask for what you want

This book was also a quick read. Highly recommended!”
Sweet Polly Purebred “Lisa” (Bethesda, MD USA)  (See all Amazon Reviews)


“As the CEO of a growing entrepreneurial enterprise, what I appreciate most in this book is the theme – owning your success. From the day I left television to start Bates Communications, my goal was to create a great company, help other people achieve their goals, build personal wealth and live the life I am destined to live. In the pages of How Women Lead I found kindred spirits – women leaders who took charge of their success.

Sharon Hadary and Laura Henderson make a brilliant case for how the traits women commonly share can be the pathway to leadership. While they point out the studies that show women are still woefully underrepresented in the ranks of senior leadership, they provide practical advice for how women can break those barriers. It’s only a matter of time. As the author of three books on leadership and communication (Speak Like a CEO, Motivate Like a CEO, and Discover Your CEO Brand), I know from my own work that leaders who are committed to lifelong learning will succeed. Another encouraging message here is that success requires not only business acumen, but caring for your intellectual, physical and spiritual well-being.”
Suzanne Bates (Boston, MA)  (See all Amazon Reviews)