Sex Roles (2009) 60:748–750 DOI 10.1007/s11199-008-9546-8 BOOK REVIEW Through the Labyrinth: The Truth about How Women Become Leaders. By Alice H. Eagly and Linda L. Carli. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Business School Press, 2007. 308 pp. $29.95, (hardbound). ISBN-10:1-4221-1691-3 Susan B. Hansen Published online: 30 September 2008 Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2008 Only a couple of generations ago, the words “woman” and topic. The use of meta-analysis is also an improvement over “leader” were rarely used in the same sentence. The many extant studies of women and leadership that rely on attributes conventionally attributed to women (modesty, case studies—often intriguing, but seldom a good basis for deference, passivity) overlapped very little with the charac- generalization. teristics of assertiveness, courage, risk-taking, physical Eagly and Carli’s central organizing metaphor is the prowess, and charisma thought to characterize the masculine “labyrinth”. Instead of a rigid glass ceiling, a labyrinth is leaders of business, politics, the professions, or the military. more open-ended, because at least some women do manage Since then, dramatic changes in society and in women’s to find their way through it. The authors stress the role have catapulted many women into positions as leaders. importance of individual strategies to
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