March 10, 2011 Articles

Book Review: Women's Leadership in Law Firms

Ida Abbott's book Women on Top details the realities behind law firm politics and career decisions that impact personal growth.

By Emily N. Masalski

Women on Top: The Woman's Guide to Leadership and Power in Law Firms

By Ida O. Abbott, J.D.

West Thomson (2010)

ISBN 978-0-314-90765-3

Is it possible to find a pathway to leadership, reduced stress, and career satisfaction simply by reading Women on Top? I truly believe so! Ida Abbott’s book opened my eyes to the realities behind law firm politics and career decisions that impact personal growth.

In Women on Top, Abbott first outlines leadership challenges that women face and examines leadership within the context of law firms. For purposes of the book, leadership in law firms is defined as a process of influencing people to produce positive outcomes for the firm. The book clearly articulates characteristics of true leaders who make things happen by inspiring people to move forward together for a common cause.

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