The Silk Road to the Top nominated for title Management Book of the Year 2010
The best-kept secret in corporate life is the vanishing act of women on their way to the top. Despite massive attention to the issue the number of women in top positions remains shockingly low. What can women themselves do to optimize their careers in the current situation? The Silk Road to the Top is based on frequently asked questions during lectures and workshops on the topic of ‘Women and Leadership’ and on personal experiences of the author. In the book twenty cases are analyzed and strategies proposed.
The Silk Road to the Top takes the metaphor of the ancient Silk Road that connected the East and the West bringing prosperity to both areas and uses it for the different ways women reach the top of organizations. Like silk, women's careers are flexible yet strong, colorful and creating an extra dimension. Women no longer reach the top by copying the behaviors of pin-stripe suits and climbing the hierarchical pyramidal structures, but by creating new opportunities, career paths and connections in their own right and within their own power. The book addresses 20 business cases women encounter on their way to the top and proposes strategies to become more effective leaders on the way.