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A book explicitly for women, LEAD draws on Dr. Snee's Harvard research on women's leadership development, coaching and consulting work in F500 companies, executive experience in Silicon Valley and earlier life as a Catholic nun.


“A solid and insightful guide to succeeding as a woman in business.” —Kirkus Reviews


“Lead brings a fresh voice to the often-challenging intersection of women, authority and power. Ellen shares insights into how we become powerful agents of change and advancement at every step in our career. The chapters focus on concrete, proactive steps that can help us become more comfortable with assuming power and stepping up as a leader.” —Sally Helgesen, author, How Women Rise, The Female Vision, The Female Advantage


“Ellen as a coach and a friend has had a transformative impact on my career. Reading Lead is a little like having Ellen as a personal coach by your side, cheering on your efforts, sharing candid career stories you can relate to, and providing thoughtful end-of-chapter exercises that help you to apply the information to your specific career challenges and goals.” —Yanbing Li, PhD,  VP of Product and Engineering, Google.


“Lead should be required reading for all women in business school and for those who want to name and claim their authority when exercising leadership. The power of female leaders is undeniable, and this book is an important resource for helping women seize their power.” —Wendy York, Dean, Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business


“Drawing from her research in psychology, Dr. Ellen Snee starts this highly actionable book for women leaders by asking the most fundamental question: what do you want? She leads the reader on a journey to find their own path to claiming power and authority from the inside out in the face of persistent structural barriers.” —Caroline Simard, PhD, Managing Director, Stanford VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab.


“Lead by Ellen M. Snee is an essential part of your professional toolkit. Beautifully written, boldly comprehensive, and loaded with critical nuggets for navigating the professional world, Snee unpacks it all from external biases, to the limitations we place on ourselves – and more importantly, provides great insights on what to do about it!” —Robin L. Matlock, Public And Private Board Member, Former Software Executive


Ellen’s book is insightful and empowering. Her own experience from being a nun, corporate executive and coach is unique in the business world. Ellen offers actionable advice on how to navigate systems and relationships and ultimately claim our authority in any situation – Lead is a must-read for aspiring women leaders!” —Barbara Adachi, former National Managing Partner, Women’s Initiative, Deloitte (retired) President & Board Chair, International Women’s Forum, Northern California


As a member of the Society of the Sacred Heart and as a chaired Professor of Management I can say with assurance that this is a wonderfully deep, practically useful, stimulating and inspiring book.  It provides (free! [to readers]) coaching that is based on scholarly research, Ellen’s reflection on her life experiences, and elegantly sketched examples that give advice we all can follow. It illustrates and encourages ongoing learning over a lifetime, rather than expecting us all to be perfect immediately in every encounter.” —Jean M. Bartunek Robert A. and Evelyn J. Ferris Chair, Professor of Management and Organization


“I finished Lead and absolutely love it! The content, writing style, and examples make it a great piece of work. It will great be for any female leader, aspiring one or already in a position of authority. Should be translated to other languages as soon as possible.  All the Nordic countries will very likely embrace this book as there are so many female leaders. I think that this book should be compulsory reading at business schools. I wish I had had this book 30 years ago!” —Susanna Harkonen, Founder and CEO of Innerwork  Geneva Switzerland


“A book that should be a graduation, promotion and special occasion gift for every woman in business.  Reading Lead is like having Ellen by your side, cheering on your efforts, sharing candid relevant career stories and providing practical end-of-chapter tools.” —Jessica Parisi, President & CEO BTS North America


“Lead lays out a clear action plan to balance authority with leadership. But what gives this book its power are the stories about the women Snee has coached, and led throughout her career.  This book is a must for any woman seeking to claim authority while leading in today’s world.” —Theresa Kushner, Sr Vice President, Dell Technologies (former)


“If you are ready to build your authority and use your  power to effect change within your organization, this book is a must read! Snee’s wisdom, depth of experience and commitment to women leaders shine through on every page. I recommend it highly.” —Denise Brosseau, bestselling author of Ready to Be a Thought Leader?


“As a women leader I honestly couldn’t put the book down, I wanted to capture the nuggets in each chapter. I loved the actions/next steps at the end of each chapters of the. I like to set goals so it was perfect for me.” —Laura Ortman, President, Cologix, Inc.


“Reading Lead was like getting a live coaching session with actionable insights. It lit a fire inside me! The topics you touched are very relevant to women striving to lead and succeed in today’s work environment.” —Rashmi Gupta   CHRO PRO Unlimited


“With Lead, Ellen Snee gives us a blueprint for leading and living in our power and influence by working with our inherent authority. Her coaching expertise shines through every page of this book, which is bound to help many women build a brighter future for themselves.” —Julie Abrams Founder & CEO How Women Lead, GP How Women Invest


“As an advocate for technical women, I realize the importance of learning leadership skills, and Lead provides a powerful tool for all of us. With essential topics such as listening to your inner voice, catching success, creating executive presence, and demonstrating your authority, I couldn’t put the book down. The book will be an ongoing resource for many, and following its simple steps can lead to profound change.” —Dr. Telle Whitney, co-founder of the Grace Hopper Conference & former CEO, Anita Borg Institute 


“Lead is a distillation of insights, stories and suggested actions steps, based on Dr. Snee's conversations and coaching experience with women executives. It integrates her field research and work experiences as a nun, an entrepreneur, an executive, and a coach, a must read for women leaders. ” —Professor Homa Bahrami, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Lead: How Women in Charge Claim their Authority


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    She Writes Press


    Ellen M. Snee, EdD (author); Gerilyn Attelberry (cover design)

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    None. All Rights Available


    Ellen Snee,

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