Summary of Leadership and the Sexes

Using Gender Science to Create Success in Business

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Leadership and the Sexes book summary
Do men or women make better leaders? Either – so long as they understand and appreciate both genders.


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This pleasant book is easy to read and easy to apply. What’s enjoyable about the book, beyond the clarity of the writing, is the positive tone Michael Gurian and Barbara Annis strike. As they note, too often gender discussions are fraught with tension, and many workplaces markedly favor one sex over the other. However, the authors not only communicate the benefits of developing “gender intelligence,” they sound completely convinced that businesspeople can improve their gender understanding and relationships almost immediately, and they provide tools for doing so. That said, while the authors are careful to speak in terms of gender tendencies and not absolutes, they sometimes do generalize in ways that might excuse specific actions as biological male or female behavior. That issue aside, getAbstract recommends this book to managers, human resource personnel and anyone interested in understanding gender issues and proclivities.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How science explains gender differences
  • What strengths and weaknesses each sex tends toward
  • How to use this knowledge to improve leadership


Toward a Scientific Understanding of Gender
No matter where you live or how far you travel, you’ll see that men and women act differently. Sure, some of the contrasts in their behaviors and expectations are cultural, but some are biological, rooted in genetic variances that manifest in...
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About the Authors

Michael Gurian is co-founder of the Gurian Instititute and the author of more than 20 books, including Leading Partners. Barbara Annis is CEO of Barbara Annis & Associates and the author of Same Words, Different Language.

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