Book Review

No Ceiling, No Walls

What Women Haven’t Been Told About Leadership From Career-Start to the Corporate Boardroom

by Susan L. Colantuono, Independent Book Publishers Association, Manhattan Beach, Calif., 2010, 210 pp., $24.95 softcover

 

In No Ceiling, No Walls: What Women Haven’t Been Told About Leadership From Career-Start to the Corporate Boardroom, Susan L. Colantuono combines a self-help book with an exploration of sensitivity into gender issues in leadership.

 

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The educational impact of this book is twofold. It is a book designed to both empower women seeking to improve their leadership skills and inform educators about hidden education biases that might hinder young women as they move into the workplace and start their advancement. The book’s lessons are reinforced by examples of both.

Colantuono, founder of the Women’s Institute for Leadership at Bryant University, provides useful descriptions of strong women throughout the work. Self-assessments occasionally give it a useful workbook feel. Her lessons are highlighted as helpful summaries of chapter content.

One additional positive characteristic is the book’s examination of the leader within as just one aspect of the greater person. Outside interests, charity, personal purpose and a healthy lifestyle are valued as components of leadership.

Reviewed by Jennifer Graham, learning enhancement coordinator, Arlington Heights School District 25, Arlington Heights, Ill.