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Leadership is a mysterious blend of science and art, and women leaders are blazing their own paths, discovering their leadership potential, while seeking to create greater personal and career fulfillment. In a groundbreaking new book, Follow Her Lead: Leadership Lessons For Women as They Journey From the Backroom to the Boardroom, business thought and personal development coach, Dr. Anita Davis-DeFoe, has penned ten compelling leadership fables which unlike ever before ignite a lively discussion about the competencies and practices essential for today's emerging and seasoned leaders, who just happen to be female.

A social entrepreneur, CARIBVOICE Radio host, dynamic motivational teacher and knowledge facilitator, Davis-DeFoe has blended years of pedagogical and practical experience to fashion this informational resource which teaches both women and girls the technical and humanistic competencies essential for leading. Featured as a career and workforce expert in Essence Magazine (September 2008 and April 2009), as well as in Black Enterprise Magazine (March 2009), Dr. DeFoe is a sought after keynote and conference speaker, trainer and workshop knowledge facilitator across the United States, the Caribbean and Africa. Weekly, her show can be heard on CaribVoiceRadio.org, Wednesdays from 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time. The show is simulcast on www.caribbeanwomentoday.net and www.dranitadavisdefoe.com

Suggesting ten pathways to leadership greatness, the inspirational, development visionary shared, "I am excited about this book, as it provides women and young ladies an opportunity to explore the personal and technical competencies critical to becoming an impactful leader. Writing Follow Her Lead allowed me to mesh storytelling, imagination, management and leadership principles thus giving the reader an active learning experience, while reflecting on personal leadership strengths and opportunities for improvement. My aim is to elevate the understanding and practice of leadership among women so that we become more comfortable in acknowledging and unleashing the greatness within. Follow Her Lead is ideal for personal development, as well as for staff development sessions, leadership and organization development training circles, supplemental reading for college courses and management training programs, an insightful resource guide for women at all stages of their career journey."

The praise for this new book which was launched during the recent Women's Leadership Conference at St. Johns University in New York, at a book signing sponsored by Target, has been stellar.

Columbus Copeland, an inspirational speaker, and the author of The Art of Overcoming said, "Dr. Anita DeFoe's latest book is a treasure chest full of insights on key principles of effective leadership. Within these pages, you will find an unlimited amount of wisdom and guidance whether you are at the beginning stages of becoming a leader or you are seeking information to become a better leader. The ideas presented in this book are simple, clear, and easy to grasp...yet profound."

"Dr. DeFoe brings insight into the world of business, entrepreneurship, business and community development. Her insight into these mediums of empowerment transcend the concepts and takes you into the reality and understanding of what it takes to really develop dreams goals and nourish them to fruition. Her success as a grant writer which has reached a plateau of ten million dollars is a testament to her capability and abilities within the industry she currently serves," commented CARIBVOICE Radio Network Owner Barbadian Aubry Padmore.

Aldo, an entrepreneur and publisher of Jamaica's #1 Business Magazine, Businessuite remarked, "Story telling has been an integral part of black history for centuries, used to pass down long held traditions and customs, but equally important to teach. Anita Davis-DeFoe has tapped into this rich tradition allowing readers of Follow Her Lead, to quickly grasp and understand the nuances and intricacies of leadership and how self empowerment is a simple act requiring very little external influences as it draws on the latent power we all have inside. This is a great piece of work and should be a template for learning from primary into business schools for men and women."

Women's Radio Host and California-based finance expert Anita Renee' Johnson said, "This book is just what women need worldwide to assist them in capturing their dreams of becoming great leaders of today and tomorrow. Follow Her Lead is a great template for all women; women who are becoming leaders, as well as those who are already leaders. Thank you for showing us the way."

From Grand Cayman, Catherine Tyson, Author of I'm Somebody's Mama stated, "Dr. Davis-Defoe's story writing prowess coupled with experience and knowledge in the area of human interaction makes for a great story cleverly told from an angle of friendship, conflicts, and colorful characters with messages deep to their core. This booked is filled with wonderful little anecdotes for every day living life on purpose, as well as it is broken into simple lessons and real examples for success that can be achieved without much effort. It makes you not want to put the book down until you have supped the last drop and relearned what to do to achieve your potential. A thoroughly enjoying read right until the finish; and then some."

St Maarteen Speaker Nerissa Golden, the author of The Making of a Caribbeanpreneur: Strategies for Overcoming Fear and Building Wealth offered, "Dr Anita Davis-DeFoe has captured the fears, dreams and challenges of women worldwide, and created a guide to show the homemaker, the entrepreneur, and the corporate strategist that they already possess the tools needed to lead and be successful in all areas of their lives."

"Dr. Davis-DeFoe knows what our girls need to be successful. This is a must-have guide for all girls, educators and parents. It will empower our youth and our communities on an international level," stated Angela Coleman, President and Founder of Sisterhood Agenda, Inc.

To learn more about Dr. DeFoe and her work visit her at http://www.dranitadavisdefoe.wordpress.com
Posted By: Dante Lee
Saturday, May 23rd 2009 at 12:35PM
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