24 Mar Power Through Partnership: How Women Lead Better Together – Review
Can you name a famous all-female partnership? Probably not, and neither could authors Betsy Polk and Maggie Ellis Chotas. When they thought of successful partnerships, there were plenty of male collaborations (Ben and Jerry, Lewis and Clark, Penn and Teller), but the only females who came to mind were fictional comedic characters like Lucy and Ethel.
The two authors set out, determined to find women who had made partnership work despite the odds and to find out their secrets. After interviewing 125 female leaders, they put together their own analysis in Power Through Partnership: How Women Lead Better Together.
My first assumption was that women would have difficulty partnering due to the ingrained cattiness in the female mind. However, Polk and Chotas proved this is not typically the case. They found that many women were partnering together to escape having this label put upon them by their male counterparts when simple business disagreements arose.
The main advantages the authors found in female partnerships is the level of support and accountability each woman brought to the partnership. There was less backstabbing and competition than would be found had the women been partnered with or working alongside men.
In addition to profiling real-life female partnerships, the authors provide tips on securing a partner and making the collaboration successful. Since they’ve been partners for twelve years, they have plenty of good advice to share.
Seeing how well the featured partnerships worked made me want to find a partner of my own! I mentally started running through a list of people I know, trying to decide who was partner material. The idea of having someone to depend on, as well as hold me accountable, is incredibly appealing. Polk and Chotas proved my assumptions incorrect and showed a side of female companionship that is often overlooked. If you want a little girl power inspiration, Power Through Partnership is a great read.
Power Through Partnership: How Women Lead Better Together
Betsy Polk and Maggie Ellis Chotas
November 3, 2014