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The Professional Woman's Guide to Managing Men

Book Description

Get the best out of the men you manage at work with this step by step guide for female leaders

  • Gain better working relationships and more respect from the men on your team

  • Learn to speak up, walk confidently into a room of men without fear or anxiety, and successfully handle common pitfalls of male management

  • Packed with step-by-step instructions, practical examples and inspiring personal stories from the author’s own experience of managing men

In Detail

Leading career coach Anna Runyan, founder of and Professor of Career Development at DeVry University, shares with you her secrets to leadership success, gleaned from her years of management experience in a male dominated field. Her career advice has been featured in Yahoo Finance and People StyleWatch magazine, and her site has recently made the Forbes "Top 100 Websites for Your Career" list. Let Anna show you how to utilize the unique strengths you have right now, and instill in you the confidence to be the best leader at work tomorrow.

If you've ever thought that men can seem difficult to figure out, let alone manage, then this guide is for you. Through step-by-step exercises and practical techniques, Anna will demonstrate the most effective ways to communicate with and manage your male employees. This straight-talking guide will take you through exercises to help conquer the perfectionism that undermines so many of our careers. You'll learn to assert and promote yourself, and to coach your team to be successful in their own careers, establishing their trust along the way. Finally, you’ll learn what not to do when managing men and how to expertly handle management situations you might have floundered in.

About the Author

Anna Runyan has successfully worked in a male dominated field for seven years as a Government Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton. She is the founder of one of the top career development blogs,, and Professor at DeVry University. Her career advice has been featured in Forbes, Yahoo Finance and People StyleWatch magazine. Anna and her husband, John, live in sunny San Diego. Read Anna’s blog at

Table of Contents

  1. The Professional Woman's Guide to Managing Men
    1. Table of Contents
    2. The Professional Woman's Guide to Managing Men
    3. Credits
    4. Foreword
    5. About the Author
    6. Acknowledgments
    7. About the Reviewer
    8. Preface
      1. Managing the "Boys' Club"
      2. You are not alone
      3. My mission
      4. The facts about women at work
      5. What this book covers
      6. How to use this book
      7. Conventions
      8. Reader feedback
      9. Piracy
    9. 1. Focus on You First
      1. Focusing on your female strengths
        1. Common female leadership strengths
        2. Who are your managerial role models?
      2. Getting feedback
        1. Conduct a 360 degree assessment
        2. Ask in person
      3. Stop being a perfectionist
        1. How to focus on the big picture
        2. How to get over your mistakes
        3. How to make fast decisions
      4. Finding your unique female leadership style
        1. Common leadership styles
        2. What to do when….
      5. Self-evaluation
      6. Summary
    10. 2. How to Be a Confident Female Manager
      1. Being assertive
        1. Why assertiveness is important
        2. How to be assertive AND smart
        3. How to set your limits
        4. How to assert yourself physically
        5. How to be tough and not overbearing
      2. Communicating with men
        1. How to get straight to the point
        2. How to make your voice heard
      3. Promoting yourself
        1. Show how awesome you are!
        2. How to toot your own horn without being obnoxious
      4. Self-evaluation
      5. Summary
    11. 3. How to Help the Men on Your Team Thrive
      1. Embracing the competition
        1. How to successfully compete with men
        2. How to make competition work for your team
        3. How to do office sports talk
      2. Using humor
        1. Why humor is important
        2. How to use humor with the men you manage
      3. Helping men get to the top
        1. How to build trust with men
        2. How to coach and support men
        3. What to do when…
      4. Self-evaluation
      5. Summary
    12. 4. What NOT To Do When Managing Men
      1. Getting too personal with men you manage
        1. Why it is important to keep some distance
        2. How to keep your distance
      2. Playing "office mom"
        1. Why playing "office mom" is a major no
        2. How to NOT play "office mom"
      3. Office relationships
        1. How to draw the line with office relationships
      4. Self-evaluation
      5. Summary
    13. 5. Handling Common Male Management Situations
      1. How to give feedback to men
        1. A 7-step feedback model for women managing men
      2. How to handle social events with men
        1. Why attending social events is important
        2. Etiquette for attending office parties with men
        3. What to do when…
      3. Negotiating with men
        1. Differences in negotiating between genders
        2. Top tips for successful negotiation
      4. Self-evaluation
      5. Summary
      6. Conclusion
    14. Index