Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Free Chapter―Professor M.S. Rao’s Book “Strategies to Build Women Leaders Globally: Think Managers, Think Men; Think Leaders, Think Women”

Dear friends,

I am excited to share with you that I authored a book on women leadership and it is tentatively titled, “Strategies to Build Women Leaders Globally: Think Managers, Think Men; Think Leaders, Think Women.” I have dedicated this book to Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, and Oprah Winfrey. Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Honorable Vice-President of India has written a foreword for this book. I advocate gender equality globally (#HeForShe). Here are the details about the book with a free chapter. I would appreciate if you could share your thoughts about this book on social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.

About The Book
“Can you imagine what the world would be like if women who constitute almost half of the global population had access to education and opportunities and were allowed to contribute their best? We would achieve prosperity globally in all spheres.” ―Professor M.S. Rao #HeForShe

This book outlines gender, diversity, inclusion, career, coaching, leadership, C-suite and branding.  It is a short course on women leadership. You can easily toss the book into a briefcase or purse and read here and there as time allows. It is a quick reference guide for all learners, leaders and those who advocate gender equality globally.   

"There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul." —Ella Wheeler Wilcox

When we think about managers we think about men. When we think about leaders do we think about women? We must think about women because women are better leaders than men in several aspects. Most men talk about women empowerment and equality of women but in reality, a few of them walk their talk and advocate gender equality globally. I have shown my commitment to advocating gender equality globally by signing up for the UN Women’s #HeForShe initiative. I have written several articles on women empowerment in my books and blogs for more than a decade. I decided to author a book on women empowerment and leadership. Now the book is in your hands. Welcome to the book, Strategies to Build Women Leaders Globally: Think Managers, Think Men; Think Leaders, Think Women.

One Woman can Change the World

When you look at Rosa Parks, she was one woman who refused to give her bus seat to a white passenger thus setting the civil rights movement in America. When you look at Tarana Burke, she is one woman who is responsible for #MeToo Movement thus bringing waves globally. When you look at Oprah Winfrey, she is one woman who continues to inspire the world with her entrepreneurship and leadership. When you look at Malala Yousafzai she is one woman who refused to bow down to terrorists’ bullets thus pioneering girls’ education globally at the tender age of 10 years. And the list goes on with women leaders who changed the world and inspired us. It is obvious that one woman can make a difference. In this introductory chapter, we will discuss three women leaders who broke the glass ceiling and inspired millions of women and men globally.

Rosa Parks—Mother of the Civil Rights Movement

Rosa Parks, the "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement" refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger that led to civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance to social injustice. On December 01 evening in 1955, Rosa Parks quietly incited a revolution—by just sitting down.

"Are you going to stand up?" Montgomery bus driver James Blake demanded. Rosa Parks looked straight at him and said: "No." Flustered, and not quite sure what to do, Blake retorted, "Well, I'm going to have you arrested." And Parks, still sitting next to the window, replied softly, "You may do that."   After Parks refused to move, she was arrested and fined $10. She remarked, “I have no police record, I’d worked all my life, I wasn’t pregnant with an illegitimate child. The white people couldn’t point to me and say that there was anything I had done to deserve such treatment except to be born black”.  She spurred the Montgomery boycott and the chain of events changed the United States. Finally, the Supreme Court ruled segregation on buses was illegal in 1956. Rosa Parks was an inspiring woman who changed the face of the world by advocating civil rights. Here are some lessons you can learn from her. Be bold. Fight for your rights. Take your battle to its logical end.

Oprah Winfrey—An Inspiring Entrepreneur and Media Moghul

Oprah Gail Winfrey needs no introduction to the world. She is a self-made billionaire with a huge presence on social media trending with hashtag #Oprah2020. She is a multifaceted personality—an entrepreneur, actress, television producer, talk show host, philanthropist, and an inspirational woman leader. She rose from humble origins and defied all odds to become rich and voice for women causes globally. She is emotional and eloquent. She was inspired by Maya Angelou’s autobiography, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." She considers Maya Angelou her mentor. She is a voracious reader and enjoys reading self-help books. She interviewed several eminent international celebrities including Michael Jackson in ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show.’ She received America’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama in November 2013. Here are some lessons you can learn from her. Dream big. Follow your passionate areas. Be a continuous learner. Lead from the front. Walk your talk. Leverage your strengths but be cautious about your weaknesses. Take risks and learn lessons from failures. Hire people smarter than you and give them credit. Work hard, smart and wise. Stay relevant. Build your credibility and enhance your visibility. Build your leadership brand consistently. Reinvent yourself. Stay grounded. Be magnanimous. Keep people before profit. Add value to others. Don’t compromise with your principles. Be passionate about making a difference in the world.

Malala Yousafzai—An Inspiring Millennial

Malala Yousafzai is a bold Pakistani child activist who advocated girl child’s right to education. She defied death threats from the Taliban and boldly spoke about the importance of education for girls in Pakistan. The Taliban attempted to silence her by shooting her on the morning of October 9, 2012. She survived and pioneered education for every child. She remarked, “They thought a bullet would silence us, but they failed. Nothing changed in my life except this: Weaknesses, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born.” She was honored at the age of 15 on the cover of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People. She is the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient. As a mark of respect to her, Malala Day is celebrated on 12th of July every year to highlight the fight of education globally. It is obvious from her biography that there is no cause too small to fight for. Here are some lessons you must learn from her. Dream big. Be bold. Step out of your comfort zone. Set an example. Lead from the front. Inspire others. Fight for your rights. Be persistent. Overcome obstacles. Be resilient. Age is not a deterrent to make a difference to the world. Remember, everything is possible in the world when you are determined and passionate about bringing the change. Malala is a true inspiration to the world better than the so-called celebrities who adopt all types of gimmicks to draw attention to market and brand themselves.


“I believe we are here on the planet Earth to live, grow up and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom.” —Rosa Parks

Drawing inspiration from these inspiring women leaders, women must break their mental barriers and limitations to become agents of change globally. To conclude, one woman can change the world. And that one woman is YOU!

“I’m an ordinary person who found herself on an extraordinary journey. In sharing my story, I hope to help create space for other stories and other voices, to widen
the pathway for who belongs and why.” —Michelle Obama


Note: Here is the link to purchase my bestselling book ‘21 Success Sutras for CEOs: How Global CEOs Overcome Leadership Challenges in Turbulent Times to Build Good to Great Organizations’

Life is great!

Professor M.S. Rao
Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants India

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  1. Congratulations on your new book on CEOs!
    I am confident that it will be the bestselling book on women leadership

  2. Excited about book on women CEO. It will be New York Times bestselling book

  3. Congratulations!
    Keep inspiring women leaders to excel as chief executives globally.

  4. Excellent Article!

    Every Leader is born or made. But these Rosa Parks, Oprah Winfrey and Malala Yousafzai are made not born as a Leader.

    Overcoming from the Culture Barriers is the great thing that one should Hat-off them.

    1. Thank you Laxmi Swetha for your comments. Yes. These women leaders are made. You are also a made leader.