Throughout her illustrious career, Charlotte Beers has been a CEO, a Chairman, an Undersecretary of State, and the first woman to appear on the cover of Fortune Magazine. But none of those titles compare to what Charlotte is called today: Teacher, addressing women across the United States and Europe about breaking into the inner circle of decision-making, in what she calls “the era of forging ahead for women.”
Now, Charlotte is sharing her extensive knowledge and experience in I’d Rather Be in Charge, providing concrete, step-by-step solutions to the serious issues facing working women today: Though exceptionally qualified, willing, and ready for the challenge, women are not yet in positions of influence and leadership in many of the industries they represent.
Based on wisdom Charlotte has gained on her journey from a brand management position at Uncle Ben's Rice, to Chairman of two worldwide advertising agencies, to Undersecretary of State, I’d Rather Be in Charge offers sophisticated guidance from an inside source who has been in the trenches.
Charlotte provides lessons ranging from how to know yourself to managing confrontational situations. Part personal history, part pragmatic guide, I’d Rather Be in Charge gives women the tools they need to gain a level of self-belief that will help them succeed in the modern workplace. Charlotte believes that women need to explore what really makes them tick and learn to present this knowledge in a persuasive fashion as they move up the ladder. I’d Rather Be in Charge offers a blueprint of elegant solutions for making this climb to being in charge and finding meaning and joy at work.
Told in an intimate and honest style, I’d Rather Be in Charge shares Charlotte’s own examples as well as stories from her students and lessons she has learned from her peers such as Martha Stewart and Suze Orman. By chronicling both successes and mistakes, Charlotte illustrates the universal message that finding your own personal style of leadership is the only way to take charge in the ever-evolving workplace of today.
I’d Rather Be in Charge is a breakthrough book, a master class for women who are ready to learn from a legendary business leader how to shatter the glass ceiling, reach the corner office, and—above all—develop their highest self in the workplace and beyond.