Don’t let the title fool you, as this book is not only for women, and it’s not just for leaders! If you don’t find valuable information to help you organize the rest of your life, then you’re not paying attention.
Mark Villareal and Crystal Ann Suniga walk you through a process that will be life-changing. The story is related through the lens of a mentorship program. The narrator begins by introducing us to Ann, an “aspiring female leader” working in an administrative position.
Ann is guided through a process that is sometimes painful, but more often, insightful. She is asked to write a personal mission statement, something every one of us should be doing already. Just as our businesses have mission statements that guide our actions, so should we, as individuals.
The process continues with an exercise to create principle statements, which differ from a mission as defined by the authors, as turning your values into action proclamations. Each step in the narration includes Ann’s thought progression as she struggles to determine what is important to her.
For Ann, which is typical for many women, a greater focus on her career caused challenges at home as her husband and son expressed their feelings of being abandoned as she spends more time and effort on her leadership goals. The book even offers advice on addressing this marital discord through difficult conversations from Ann’s mentors who have experienced these challenges.
Throughout the book, you will find worksheets, spreadsheets, and evaluation forms for the reader to complete alongside Ann as she struggles through these thought-provoking deliberations. She honestly reviews her leadership traits and establishes a plan to address areas needing improvement.
You could spend thousands of dollars on hiring a leadership coach, or you can pick up A Script for Aspiring Women Leaders: 5 Keys to Success. This book provides a detailed road map for you to follow as you start your journey to achieve greater success in both your personal and professional life. Regardless of where you are in your career, you will find a renewed focus in defining yourself and your goals.
Forward written by Ellen Voie, CAE, PDC
Founder, Women In Trucking Association, Inc.
Women In Trucking Association’s mission is to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments, and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry.
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