Best Practices in Female Leadership: A Review and Critique of Contemporary Professional Advice Literature From a Millennial Perspective
This thesis seeks to compile the best practices described in popular advice literature for women in leadership. The analyzed books are roughly categorized into two types, which will be labeled the Take No Prisoners and Girl Power approaches. The thesis then further transitions into discussions on three separate issues that women face during their careers. The first issue addresses the initial mindset that women must overcome in order to begin a path to success: "Striving for Perfection." Continuing from that is the issue of "Working with Others," which refers to the need to network and engage in mentoring. It represents the many stepping stones that all business leaders must use, but that womyn need to navigate differently than men. Next, the thesis will discuss the topic of "Assertiveness." While this advice is helpful, it becomes apparent that not all of it is applicable to women in the Millennial generation. To address this, the thesis will conclude with an analysis of the texts' relevancy to Millennial women, as they begin their careers and/or begin to enter leadership roles within their careers. This section will also include a prediction on how such professional advice texts will differ once Millennial women progress in their careers and pass down their own knowledge and experiences.