'Mother Leads Best' still needs proof

This book will interest moms or potential moms who are serious about their careers. The author, a C-level executive and mother, interviews 50 high-powered corporate moms who dispel the myth that the mommy track is incompatible with career success.

This book will interest moms or potential moms who are serious about their careers. The author, a C-level executive and mother, interviews 50 high-powered corporate moms who dispel the myth that the mommy track is incompatible with career success.

The book's thesis is that moms can be stronger corporate leaders than non-mothers. That's where this thought-provoking book's reach exceeds its grasp.

The book claims that mothers are better leaders because they have the proper perspective. The experience of caring for children teaches these ultra-competitive people to be more compassionate and flexible at work, it says.

The author bases her theories on personal experience and finds corroboration from women like her. There is insight here, but no statistics. So while it may be true that an individual woman can turn into a better leader when she becomes a mom, the notion is unlikely to be universally true.

Title Mother Leads Best: 50 Women Who Are Changing The Way Organizations Define Leadership Author Moe Grzelakowski Publisher Dearborn Trade Publishing (March 2005), 219 pages Reviewed by Paul Manuele, Sr. Comms manager, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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