Summary of Taking the Stage

How Women Can Speak Up, Stand Out, and Succeed

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Taking the Stage book summary
Judith Humphrey’s step-by-step guide gives women concrete advice on how to overcome corporate barriers to advancement.


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9 Applicability

6 Innovation

7 Style


Many women struggle to get ahead in the workplace with no idea that the way they present themselves is holding them back. Leadership trainer Judith Humphrey presents an action-oriented plan to unlock your leadership potential and help you stand up for yourself at work and gain professional respect. She writes in a clear, concise tone, telling anecdotes about her life, friends and clients. In this insightful guidebook for anyone seeking to become a leader, she identifies several common factors – such as body language and word choices – that women must alter to communicate leadership. getAbstract recommends Humphrey’s manual to women in the corporate world and to anyone who might mentor a female future leader.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to assert yourself and overcome insecurity in the workplace;
  • How to develop “scripts” that help you excel in presentations, meetings and networking; and
  • How to present yourself as a strong leader.


Choosing to Lead
Many women have a tough time developing the traits associated with leadership. Parents often encourage boys to display competitiveness, bravado and outspokenness. But they tell girls to embrace humility, obedience and passivity. Society teaches girls not to brag or promote...
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About the Author

Also the author of Speaking as a Leader, Judith Humphrey is the chief creative officer and founder of The Humphrey Group, a Canadian firm providing corporate leadership training.

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