Her Place at the Table A Woman's Guide to Negotiating Five Key Challenges to Leadership Success

Deborah Kolb, Judith Williams, Carol Frohlinger

A practical guide for women negotiating the challenges of any demanding role, including tips for avoiding common traps and strategic moves for success

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Her Place at the Table is a practical guide for any woman dealing with a demanding role. Drawing on extensive interviews with women leaders, the authors isolate five key challenges that these women face:

  • Intelligence: informed decisions require good information, but getting it can be a tricky proposition for women
  • Backing: no one wants to take on a tough job without the support of major players, but allies can't be taken for granted
  • Resources: allocations don’t always square with the results expected
  • Buy-In: it's impossible to lead if no one will follow, but bringing a team on board can be problematic
  • Making a Difference: the value a leader creates must be visible before it makes a difference


For each challenge, the authors offer tips on avoiding common traps and then lay out the strategic moves for success. The book includes numerous stories from real women negotiating leadership challenges, and concludes each chapter with a practical guide to putting the principles to work.


"Does she have the right stuff? That question follows women whenever they are promoted to visible leadership positions. Her Place at the Table lays out the pragmatic moves that can help any woman in business show she has the right stuff. I encourage all women with leadership aspirations to use this book as a guide."Patricia Fili-Krushel, Executive vice president, Time Warner

"This is an important book for any woman who wants to do good–for herself and for her organization."Ann Richards, former Governor of Texas

"Nothing is more vital for women than learning how to negotiate from our strengths. The authors know the hurdles women face–but, better still, they show how we can overcome them."Margaret Heffernan, CEO and author, The Naked Truth: A Working Woman’s Manifesto on Business and What Really Matters

"Women leaders will want this book in their briefcases. It’s got all the nuts-and-bolts strategies they need to succeed. Actually, men should read this book if they hope to keep up!"Betty Spence, President, National Association of Female Executives

Her Place at the Table Attributes

Author: Deborah M. Kolb, Judith Williams, and Carol Frohlinger
Publisher: San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2004.