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  In this engaging and invaluable “mentor in your pocket,” three dynamic and successful black female executives share their strategies to help all black women, at any level of their careers, play the power game—and win. Rich with wisdom, this practical gem focuses on the building blocks of true leadership—self-confidence, effective communication, collaboration, and courage—w   In this engaging and invaluable “mentor in your pocket,” three dynamic and successful black female executives share their strategies to help all black women, at any level of their careers, play the power game—and win. Rich with wisdom, this practical gem focuses on the building blocks of true leadership—self-confidence, effective communication, collaboration, and courage—while dealing specifically with stereotypes (avoid the Mammy Trap, and don’t become the Angry Black Woman) and the perils of self-victimization (don’t assume that every challenge occurs because you are black or female). Some leaders are born, but most leaders are made—and The Little Black Book of Success will show you how to make it to the top, one step at a time.


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  In this engaging and invaluable “mentor in your pocket,” three dynamic and successful black female executives share their strategies to help all black women, at any level of their careers, play the power game—and win. Rich with wisdom, this practical gem focuses on the building blocks of true leadership—self-confidence, effective communication, collaboration, and courage—w   In this engaging and invaluable “mentor in your pocket,” three dynamic and successful black female executives share their strategies to help all black women, at any level of their careers, play the power game—and win. Rich with wisdom, this practical gem focuses on the building blocks of true leadership—self-confidence, effective communication, collaboration, and courage—while dealing specifically with stereotypes (avoid the Mammy Trap, and don’t become the Angry Black Woman) and the perils of self-victimization (don’t assume that every challenge occurs because you are black or female). Some leaders are born, but most leaders are made—and The Little Black Book of Success will show you how to make it to the top, one step at a time.

30 review for The Little Black Book of Success: Laws of Leadership for Black Women

  1. 5 out of 5

    Abasifreke Ekpe

    If you enjoy reading self-help books, congrats! Here’s one written by 3 black women! However, if you’re like me and loathe self-help books, don’t waste your time. Seriously, don’t.... This book rehashes all of the same advice we’re already so used to hearing. I thought I would enjoy it more because it was written by black women but nope. And honestly, I’ve read books that have offered better advice.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stacia

    I downloaded the audio version of The Little Black Book Of Success via Audible. It was my best friend that told me about this book and I found this book very motivating for my professional career. I feel that this book really put into perspective some feelings and "animosities" I may have harbored against "others". I felt this book was speaking directly to me, personally. This book, again, has been a great motivational tool for me and I plan on reading it multiple times to ensure I gain all the I downloaded the audio version of The Little Black Book Of Success via Audible. It was my best friend that told me about this book and I found this book very motivating for my professional career. I feel that this book really put into perspective some feelings and "animosities" I may have harbored against "others". I felt this book was speaking directly to me, personally. This book, again, has been a great motivational tool for me and I plan on reading it multiple times to ensure I gain all the tools I can possible attain from this small, but powerful book and use those tools within my personal and professional life. Thank you for producing a wonderful book that actually has touched multiple different people across the globe, including those with disabilities that "others" may not understand.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Demetris Cheatham

    For the month of February, I chose to read books by African American authors. The first was The Little Black Book Of Success: Laws of Leadership for Black Women. My husband bought this book for me over a year ago during our first visit to MahoganyBooks (the first black owned bookstore to open in Southeast Washington DC in over two decades; if you haven’t visited this book lovers dream, get there soon). The Little Black Book of Success was an absolute pleasant surprise. As someone who use to consu For the month of February, I chose to read books by African American authors. The first was The Little Black Book Of Success: Laws of Leadership for Black Women. My husband bought this book for me over a year ago during our first visit to MahoganyBooks (the first black owned bookstore to open in Southeast Washington DC in over two decades; if you haven’t visited this book lovers dream, get there soon). The Little Black Book of Success was an absolute pleasant surprise. As someone who use to consume multiple professional development books each month earlier in my career, I thought this would just be a rinse and repeat of those same themes. However, these three sisters, Elaine Meryl Brown, Marsha Haygood and Rhonda Joy McLean (my fellow Aggie) pulled a straight code switch within a 136 page easily digestible read (I read it in three days). This book literally reminded me of how my conversations go with my close girlfriends when we are out in public. At first we are all polite and speaking so that others can hear. This allows everyone around us to be comfortable that we are just having a normal, regular conversation. Then after a few minutes, we scoot our chairs closer together, lower our heads and then we start having the “what’s really going on conversation!” Full of lessons and themes that resonated so much with various situations I’ve faced throughout my career, I found myself taking copious notes throughout the book. As I continue climbing the corporate ladder, I am almost certain I will face everything that was mentioned, more than once, and now I have so many new strategies to help navigate the office environment. I typically give or recommend books such as Think and Grow Rich, Who Moved My Cheese, Tipping Point and a few others to young folks graduating high school or in college. I will definitely add this book as a recommendation to all of my mentees and young women entering the workforce. Now that I think about it, I am recommending this book to all of my friends who have been in their careers for years. Get this book for yourself or another important woman in your life! It will become one of your best friends who also knows exactly what your mom would say!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Adrienna

    Wow, I need to buy my copy and highlight all these great points! The Mamaisms and cultural codes are the best parts of the chapters! Short and concise, to the point, and so encouraging to edify the woman who is in leadership, business, or networking on a social level. First read March 11, 2011. For some reason, after 5 years of reading this book, I picked it up again at my local library. The three ladies: Elaine, Marsha, and Rhonda stated in their acknowledgment(s): "..reading the proposal saw th Wow, I need to buy my copy and highlight all these great points! The Mamaisms and cultural codes are the best parts of the chapters! Short and concise, to the point, and so encouraging to edify the woman who is in leadership, business, or networking on a social level. First read March 11, 2011. For some reason, after 5 years of reading this book, I picked it up again at my local library. The three ladies: Elaine, Marsha, and Rhonda stated in their acknowledgment(s): "..reading the proposal saw the potential and need for a book like ours and with great care and sense of urgency, immediately rushed it through to publication to get into the hands of the many thousands of Black women with leadership potential and those transitioning their way to becoming MASTER LEADERS seeking a seat at the table." This is well-received.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Arienne Milkles

    This book is a must have for any woman of color looking to grow in their leadership abilities. I read this book and took tons of notes...I love it and have no doubt I will be reading it again in the future.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline A Kane

    I liked this book with its suggestions about how to manage your career. Generally the suggestions would seem to apply in many environments although I am not sure how effective they would be in governmental settings. Given that I still think they are worth considering.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Leilani

    I am new to business and leadership material, so I appreciated hearing more about leadership styles, networking, etc. Leadership skills are not explicitly taught in academia so this is a skillset I am trying to improve through my own active learning and deliberate practice. There are many helpful tips in this book to become a great leader. I especially love the "mamma-isms" quotes. A great reference on leadership to have on the shelf. I will definitely be recommending this book to others, and lo I am new to business and leadership material, so I appreciated hearing more about leadership styles, networking, etc. Leadership skills are not explicitly taught in academia so this is a skillset I am trying to improve through my own active learning and deliberate practice. There are many helpful tips in this book to become a great leader. I especially love the "mamma-isms" quotes. A great reference on leadership to have on the shelf. I will definitely be recommending this book to others, and looking into getting my own copy (listened to an audiobook version from the library). My one complaint is that the chapters are very short, with virtually no references available for further learning/reading. So you will have to do your own homework to find a good follow up book that covers each topic in more depth. But it's a good collection of topics, with some practical and useful tips for each topic, so still a great read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Lhérisson

    I highly recommend this book to all women of color navigating a corporate environment or competitive industry. This book emphasizes that we stand on the shoulders of our ancestors, who sacrificed mightily so that we could have the privileges and opportunities we take for granted today. It encourages women to affirm how amazing we our and build our confidence in ourselves. Often as Black women we have to work twice as hard as everyone else to get anywhere. Great reminders that we are worthy and d I highly recommend this book to all women of color navigating a corporate environment or competitive industry. This book emphasizes that we stand on the shoulders of our ancestors, who sacrificed mightily so that we could have the privileges and opportunities we take for granted today. It encourages women to affirm how amazing we our and build our confidence in ourselves. Often as Black women we have to work twice as hard as everyone else to get anywhere. Great reminders that we are worthy and deserving of having the best of everything, and the importance of putting ourselves first as we climb the corporate ladder.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lastephanie

    I honestly have to say that I enjoyed the overall message this book offered to black women. However, I was a little turned off by the reference to the "game" and being a "player" in corporate America. Made me feel like I was reading a child's book. That didn't connect with me at all. But what did connect with me were the different chapters of advice to be successful and to succeed. I don't personally see myself ending my career in corporate America, but I will definitely take some of the advice I honestly have to say that I enjoyed the overall message this book offered to black women. However, I was a little turned off by the reference to the "game" and being a "player" in corporate America. Made me feel like I was reading a child's book. That didn't connect with me at all. But what did connect with me were the different chapters of advice to be successful and to succeed. I don't personally see myself ending my career in corporate America, but I will definitely take some of the advice with me in life.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Williams

    I felt this book was more or less just some practical advice. If you have been in a career or have been coorporate for a while now, most of the advice you should already know. This would be like a refresher to you. However, I would def gift this book out to young women knew to the world of working regardless of their job. One thing I took away is to carry a small notebook with me and what to write in in. I always have a notebook but I don'ttake as many notes as I should. I would recommend this b I felt this book was more or less just some practical advice. If you have been in a career or have been coorporate for a while now, most of the advice you should already know. This would be like a refresher to you. However, I would def gift this book out to young women knew to the world of working regardless of their job. One thing I took away is to carry a small notebook with me and what to write in in. I always have a notebook but I don'ttake as many notes as I should. I would recommend this book to everyone.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tenee Hall

    This book was a really good read and something that all minority women should keep handy. It is a simple quick read with a lot of helpful tips. One of the things that I will say I did not like was the chapter breakdown. I feel that they could have organized the book differently. However, mentors should grab this for their mentees.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Darlene

    Little jewels of knowledge This book took a different perspective on becoming a success by showing us we should be orchestrating our own path not just allowing things to happen. Know who you are and what you bring to the table. Look for people who can help you achieve your goals through mentoring or networking. Know your plan and work your plan, and help others along the way.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Anglin

    Easy read. Great info! There is a lot of great info in this book. I'm a recent college grad and this read has definitely provided me with much needed wisdom. I recommend this book for all my black girls out here trying to better themselves and move ahead.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rashida Serrant-Davis

    When I read this, I made a vow to send it out to a select group of young ladies. I sent one out, I have a few more to send. This is a must read for women in their 20's wanting to really excel in business and in life!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dionna Johnson

    This book is a must have for every black woman!!! Really enjoyed this easy read; plenty of helpful information on how to become an effective leader and be successful.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Aleasha

    Great laws for any woman working in a corporate environment but tailored toward women of color and I'm grateful these ladies came together to write this.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Arianna

    Loved It I loved and appreciated all the insight in the book. The transparency was great and there are things that we know but some won’t say included.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Introspective Ki

    Definitely a must read! I have and will continue to recommend this book to women I know. Lots of actionable items found throughout this book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Leatrice

    Leadership books can be written by women too!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra

    There is a lot of information that benefits the black woman in many different areas of life. I've shared this book with my daughter and shared many of the ideas presented in the book with my husband.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    I enjoyed listening. I'm not the target audience but it's still great advice given in a compassionate no nonsense way.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Phoenix Mariani

    One of the coolest books that I have to read again. And again. And again. Preferably when I am on the way to greatness. And yes, vanity is so this year...

  23. 5 out of 5

    MeMe Willz

    Quick read sort of book but a great way to just refresh and make you more aware of what's going on in the workplace and we as black people can limit ourselves In a system that's already geared to have us fail. I especially liked mention of navigating the work environment like its a game. It is something that I have foolishly ignored thinking that if I am "nice" people will be truthful and honest with me. News flash it is a competition to get to the top not a competition to see who gets the award Quick read sort of book but a great way to just refresh and make you more aware of what's going on in the workplace and we as black people can limit ourselves In a system that's already geared to have us fail. I especially liked mention of navigating the work environment like its a game. It is something that I have foolishly ignored thinking that if I am "nice" people will be truthful and honest with me. News flash it is a competition to get to the top not a competition to see who gets the award for being nicer. There are great little quotes and tidbits that you can use as you embark on this journey. If used wisely this book can be a great reminder as well as a great source of information for somebody just entering the work force.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    This is a must read for everyone especially women. This book was written by three African-American business women & I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read this book as a part of a book club & we had the most interesting & mind-blowing discussions about the several topics showcased in this book's pages. This book has definitely changed the way, I approach my job & it has helped me improve my productivity. This book is simply amazing! This is a must read for everyone especially women. This book was written by three African-American business women & I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read this book as a part of a book club & we had the most interesting & mind-blowing discussions about the several topics showcased in this book's pages. This book has definitely changed the way, I approach my job & it has helped me improve my productivity. This book is simply amazing!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rashida

    A must for the modern woman of color. It is something you can go back to again and again to remind yourself of ways and thoughts toward success. Don't check this one out at the library, BUY it. OWN it. And then buy a second copy and give it to a young woman coming up after you. Its a great way to sow seed into good ground!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis

    Blueprint for improving success in many work settings, for anyone aspiring to become an effective leader! Great analysis of some corporate work environments, added strategies/examples when navigating this environment. Great parables to make information relatable to some real life experiences/work environments.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    Excellent read! Loved the commentary at the end of each chapter and 'mama-isms'. I would definitely recommend this book to black women who are recent college graduates or finding it difficult to climb the corporate ladder.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Awesome! This book is a clear, concise guide to making it happen in the workplace. I started practicing a few of the things mentioned in this book and I've noticed a huge difference in how I'm perceived and what I'm doing in the workplace and my career.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Talia

    This book was awesome. I read it when I had first graduated from law school and it really helped me navigate the corporate world and office politics. I'd recommend to anyone in corporate America but especially those who are just graduating and starting their career.

  30. 4 out of 5

    DAB Comoeventcomcast.net

    This is a great book to read to help you navigate the business world. I keep referring back to chapters or paragraphs to keep me on track. Too bad I found this at the end of my career. I recommend this to all Black women just starting, in the middle or at the end of their carreer.

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