‘It is relevant to those already in senior positions and of course to those who are aspiring to progress their leadership careers. I thoroughly recommend this book.’
Title: Championing Women Leaders. Beyond Sponsorship
Authors: Shaheena Janjuha-Jivraj and Kitty Chisholm
Publisher: Palgrave macmillan
Reviewer: Dr Peter Carter OBE
What was it like?
This is a diamond of a book. It challenges conventional wisdom in a non-aggressive way and invites the reader to consider how best individuals and organisations can change so as to maximise the potential of women. The CHAMP model takes us beyond mentoring and the NHS in particular would do well to embrace its principles. There are rich case studies that will inspire the reader and at the same time bring into sharp relief the struggle facing women who have aspirations to become leaders in organisations.
What were the highlights?
Far too many to list, however the story of Maya, which is a thread throughout the book is one that countless woman will relate to. In addition there are 27 cases studies that make fascinating reading. There are sufficient facts and figures that give a global perspective of the percentage of women in senior positions across the globe.
Although this book is unashamedly pro women it is not anti men. This will help men in positions of power and influence to accept that there is a major problem in the failure to recognise the talent of women, which in turn compromises the ability of organisations both in the public and private sectors to achieve optimum potential.
Strengths and weaknesses
There are many strengths in this book. It is an easy read, the lucidity that is commendable.
The disappointment however is the lack of any reference to nurses. 90% of nurses are women and there is a growing problem of attracting women to the most senior posts in nursing. This would have been an area with exploring. Some case studies from contemporary nurse leaders who are inspiring such as Flo Panel-Coates or Eileen Sills would have enhanced the text. There is one brief mention of Jane Cummings the CNO in England but it does not give her job title and thefore her role as a nurse leader would be lost on most readers. Having expressed that disappointment it should not deter nurses who are interested in senior management from reading it.
Who should read it?
I would recommend this book to women and men. It is relevant to those already in senior positions and of course to those who are aspiring to progress their leadership careers. I throughly recommend this book.
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