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“In applying an innovative methodology to investigate a hitherto underexplored context, the book offers a number of fascinating insights into the leadership experiences of women from several parts of Asia, highlighting the importance of the intersection of cultural context and gender norms for understanding leadership. … The book may therefore serve as an inspiration for further exploration of the entanglements of gender, culture and leadership.” (Maria Adamson, Work, employment and society, Vol. 30 (2), May, 2016)

"This book is indispensable not only for Asian women but for anyone seeking to lead a diverse team. By examining both the constraints and strengths of women embedded in a profoundly collaborative tradition, Jane Horan shows why authentic transformation in a time of demographic change must always be rooted in an understanding of culture." - Sally Helgesen, Author, The Female Vision, The Web of Inclusion, The Female Advantage, Thriving in 24/7

"A must read for policy-makers, businesses, educators and women who are interested in ensuring women in Asia achieve their full potential in the workplace and beyond." - Su-Mei Thompson, CEO, The Women's Foundation

"An eye-opening look into the Asia-specific context that companies and managers will want to be fluent in as they work to gender balance their organisations." - Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, CEO, 20-first

"A thoughtful and thought-provoking examination of bias and leadership. This is a timely book and Jane has an extraordinary ability to reflect and learn through her own research in order to share authentic insights with the reader." - Sung Hae Kim, Ed.D.

"Jane Horan presents a vivid glimpse of the lives and careers of female leaders in Asia. Through interviews with four women, she uncovered the 'poignant childhood events, political unrest, incurable disease, and tragedies' that made these women leaders different from their counterparts in other places in the world. The detailed descriptions make reading feel like listening to Jane telling the stories. Anyone who is interested in female leadership in Asia should listen to Jane's stories." - Pingping Fu, Associate Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

"Jane Horan has captured the essence of 21st century leadership in her identification of the themes of spirit, authenticity, and relational networks as essential for success. How Asian Women Lead provides needed cross-cultural and feminine perspectives on what leaders - male and female; Asian or other - need to understand to be effective in the current and future milieu." - Kathy D. Geller, Assistant Clinical Professor, Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership and Management, Drexel University, USA

"How Asian Women Lead isn't your regular business book with charts, templates, checklists and 'how tos' . . . It weaves together academic insights from sociology, cultural and gender studies with perspectives culled from ethnographic interviews conducted by the author . . . Through embedding key lessons in the form of vivid and memorable stories, the book conveyed a heightened realism to the professional and personal obstacles faced by [women leaders in Asia]." - Cooler Insights

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Drawing on cultural and family perspectives, this is a fresh look beneath the corporate surface to explore the obstacles Asian women face reaching the top

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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 13 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read For Managers in Asian Markets 4 Mar. 2014
By CFTI - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr Horan's book is not only a valuable set of knowledge for the multicultural corporation working in Asia, but perhaps even more valuable for the insights that may be derived by the Asian woman manager in Asia. How Asian Women Lead provides a much needed and valuable information for this latter area in particular - an area that has had none or very little written about it. Jane Horan shines light on the sub-conscious bias that are quite prevalent in HR systems, and how it influences who gets promoted and why. A must-read by those in management roles.
Bob Wartinger, President, Creative Fine Tuning, Inc.
3.0 out of 5 stars Both meticulous and inspiring 11 April 2014
By Tsang Ching Man Irene - Published on Amazon.com
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Jane Horan did a great job in combining fine academic work and authentic story-telling. The topic of women and transformational leadership was explored with a distinct voice. A very useful source of insight for those who would benefit from the knowledge of someone who understands the intricacy of multi-cultural existence in global organizations.
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and balanced 29 April 2014
By HK Library - Published on Amazon.com
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Great use of story-telling of the various experiences of different women across Asia and the lessons to be learnt both for individuals and for companies alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Storytelling and Insight Into New Leadership 19 May 2014
By Tom Pickering - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Through elegant and artful storytelling, Jane Horan has delivered an insightful work about the leadership of Asian women. Through the eyes and stories of four wonderful women, the human side of leadership and the human condition of struggle and self-discovery comes alive, characterized by authenticity, integrity and spirituality.

This book has special meaning for me. For over ten years I have been privileged to teach and mentor many Asian women in my college classes. I now have a much better understanding and appreciation for their perspectives on life, and the wisdom gained from my reading will make me a better teacher and mentor. I now realize that they have taught me more than I have taught them.

Corporations take notice! Take notice of the wonderful skills and talents of Asian women, their values, while valuing their differences.

Look at the rhythm of life through an Asian lens. Be reflexive. Be proactive, for Asian women will rule! Read this book!

Tom Pickering
AA Professor, Pierce College
5.0 out of 5 stars Authenticity, Integrity, and the Moral High Road 12 April 2014
By Linda Crauwels - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
All four of the Asian Women characters in the book portrayed a high moral compass. Here are a few of the statements in the book that stood out for me. “I believe that when we give, we feel abundant, and when we’re not giving, we feel we don’t have enough, and that others have more. People giving and sharing are the happiest, and they are surrounded by others who are loving. “Don’t let negative people stand in your way or kill your passion or your dreams.” “Bring family and life together, work and life are inextricably connected.” “You are only as successful as your people if you don’t give them recognition. It’s a reflection of yourself. You won’t move ahead otherwise.” The author brought out that Asian countries may have some of the same words we do, however, the words may have incredibly different meanings. Therefore, do your homework involving people around you to bring this to the forefront which will automatically create trust.
Again, the key to success is: Politically savvy managers are well-known, recognized favorable, and networked broadly which places them higher on the talent ladder!!!! Also refer to the book “I Wish I’d Known that Earlier in My Career”: The Power of Positive Workplace Politics (2012) for fine-tuning or tools by Dr. Jane Horan.
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