Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Taming Your Alpha Bitch by Rebecca Grado & Christy Whitman - Book review
Taming Your Alpha Bitch
How to be Fierce and Feminine (and Get Everything You Want!)
By: Rebecca Grado, Christy Whitman
Published: January 31, 2012
Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: BenBella Books
"Now more than any moment in history, we as women are discovering and expressing the full magnitude of our authentic, unabashed power", write CEO and founder of the Quantum Success Coaching Academy™, Christy Whitman; and licensed spiritual psychotherapist, Rebecca Grado, in their inspirational and empowering book Taming Your Alpha Bitch: How to be Fierce and Feminine (and Get Everything You Want!). The authors describe how women have gained more power and influence than ever before, but all too often believe mistakenly that they must be dominate and forceful to achieve their goals. The authors replace that behavior with a more balanced approach that is assertive, and is neither domineering or weak.
Rebecca Grad0 (photo left) and Christy Whitman recognize that for women of previous decades, success in a male dominated world almost required that women put aside their femininity, and assume a more dominate and force oriented approach. The authors point out that the strategy worked to a degree, but not entirely. Women have achieved huge strides in all walks of life, and in society as a whole, but that success has all often been gained at a tremendous personal cost. Women have experienced higher stress levels, have been feeling unable to cope with the increased demands on their time and energy, and have have been on edge more than ever before. The authors provide evidence that the misguided alpha behavior, while making some important gains, is also a very limiting factor to the overall success and personal well being of those same women.
Christy Whitman (photo left) and Rebecca Grado point out that the alpha woman lives by the motto of "the greater the effort, the better the outcome". While that credo may achieve huge results for males, the authors offer evidence that it's a detrimental outlook for women. That viewpoint increases stress loads, confrontations, and adversely affects the health of the women. The authors propose an alternative view of the world, based on the Law of Attraction. When women acknowledge that they began acting in an aggressive and dominating manner for a reason, they are able to let go of that behavior. Instead, they are able to make the transition from Alpha Bitch to Femininely Empowered Woman. Through becoming the alpha, women learned how to succeed. By changing to the empowered style, women are able to thrive.
For me, the power of the book is how Rebecca Grado and Christy Whitman combine their analysis of what they call the Alpha Bitch, with a road map to become a Femininely Empowered Woman. The authors describe the four basic types of alpha women as forceful, controlling, competitive, and disruptive in their behavior. Through this identification of types, women are able to identify their own actions, and begin the journey toward empowerment.
With alpha behavior being understood by the authors to be a dead end, the road is opened to an entirely new form of woman as leader. The authors guide women through the process of change, resulting in a more balanced and fulfilling life and career. To add to the book, the authors provide valuable self assessment guides; and also handy tips at the end of each chapter to further illustrate the overall concepts.
I highly recommend the hands on and transformational book Taming Your Alpha Bitch: How to be Fierce and Feminine (and Get Everything You Want!) by Christy Whitman and Rebecca Grado, to any women who are seeking a less stressful and more richly rewarding guide to success at home and in a career. This book will guide women toward a leadership model that is effective, sustainable, and life fulfilling.
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