The Glass Cliff: Why Women in Power Are Undermined - and How to Fight Back (Hardback)
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The Glass Cliff: Why Women in Power Are Undermined - and How to Fight Back (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages
Published: 07/03/2024
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'Every current and aspiring leader needs to read this book' – Helen Tupper & Sarah Ellis, Sunday Times bestselling authors of The Squiggly Career and You Coach You

'Clever, brilliantly researched and vitally important' - Dawn O'Porter, bestselling author of The Cows and Cat Lady

The Glass Cliff is a conversation about what happens when women break the rules, and break through The Glass Ceiling.

Have you ever wondered why there are so few success stories of women in business leadership? Or maybe you’ve wondered what life is really like on the other side of The Glass Ceiling? The world of work is supposedly changing, embracing diversity – yet are the opportunities we’re giving to women really equal to those of men?

Drawing on almost 20 years of research from around the world, The Glass Cliff phenomenon - whereby women are often only hired in leadership roles when a business is already underperforming, meaning their chances of success are limited before they ever even start in the role - is well established, but little known. Until now.

This is the story of The Glass Cliff: a story of a structural inequality disguising itself as the personal failures of women. When Sophie Williams gave her viral TED talk on the subject, she was subsequently flooded with accounts of confident, accomplished women who had taken what seemed like a dream leadership role only to quickly find themselves in a waking nightmare. Without the language to describe their experiences they had been left blaming themselves. But learning about The Glass Cliff enabled them to reframe and reexamine what they’d gone through.

Once we understand The Glass Cliff – once we can stand together and face it head-first – we can start to unravel so many other false narratives about women’s leadership experiences that just don’t make sense without it. By understanding the phenomenon, and by telling one another about it, we can affect the conversation, empower one another to overcome societal bias and, ultimately, change the world of work for women forever.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781035038732
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 545 g
Dimensions: 240 x 160 x 30 mm


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Every current and aspiring leader needs to read this book - Helen Tupper & Sarah Ellis, Sunday Times bestselling authors of The Squiggly Career and You Coach You

Clever, brilliantly researched and vitally important - Dawn O'Porter, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Cows & Cat Lady

Funny, infuriating and game-changing . . . an essential manual for every woman - Annabel Rivkin & Emilie McMeekan, founders of The Midult

Timely, useful and profoundly hopeful – a warm and accessible book - Stella Duffy, bestselling author of Calendar Girl and Money In The Morgue

Reading The Glass Cliff is like having a light switched on – so many of the experiences I've had and seen around me started to make sense - Maryam Pasha, Curator of TEDxLondon

Compulsory reading . . . any organisation that wants to remain successful & profitable should read this book - Donna Patterson, workplace activist and founder of Let's Talk Work

A hard hitting triumph . . . makes glaringly obvious how many women have been a victim of business malpractice. Masterful . . . this book arms the next generation of leaders with a vital tool to unlock true equality in the workplace for women - Ben Pechey, author of The Book of Non-Binary Joy

A compelling and enlightening read . . . offers validation, empowerment, and a path forward for challenging systemic disparities in the workplace - Blair Imani, author of Modern HERstory

Extensively researched, nuanced and inclusive, this defiant and definitive book is essential reading - Hayley Nolan, bestselling author of Anne Boleyn: 500 Years of Lies

A must read - Naomi & Natalie Evans, founders of Everyday Racism and authors of The Mixed Race Experience

Thought-provoking and timely . . . enlightening and empowering - Pippa Vosper, author of Beyond Grief

Gower St Presents: An Evening with Kevin Morosky and Sophie Williams

Gower St Presents: An Evening with Kevin Morosky and Sophie Williams

London - Gower Street
Monday 10th June 18:30 - 20:00

Join us for an evening of frank discussion with the author of Black Women Always, Kevin Morosky, and the author of The Glass Cliff, Sophie Williams, who will be discussing their latest books.

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