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Mental Toughness for Women Leaders, 52 Tips to Recognize and Utilize Your Greatest Strengths

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  • By LaRae Quy
  • Speaker, Author & Mental Toughness Coach
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Overview

Whether the goal is advancing your career, getting your voice heard, or balancing the demands of work and home, this book will show you how mentally strong women manage their emotions and behaviors in ways that set them up for success in life.

Mental Toughness for Women Leaders: 52 Tips To Recognize and Utilize Your Greatest Strengths empowers women to grow as leaders so they can break down obstacles, make crucial decisions, and find ways to move forward when conditions are not perfect.

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Most references to mental toughness imply we bulldoze our way through roadblocks that threaten to derail career goals. But mental toughness has little to do with physical strength or aggressive behavior; instead, it is understanding how to control the way your mind thinks. In Mental Toughness for Women Leaders, former FBI undercover and counterintelligence agent LaRae Quy shares how she created a strong mind by overcoming obstacles she encountered while at the FBI Academy, working in a male-dominated environment, and recruiting foreign spies to work for the U.S. Government.

As an FBI agent, LaRae believes that while theory is nice, evidence is better when you are serious about looking for ways to achieve goals in life. She relies upon science-based research and real life experiences as she explains how you can clarify your goals, take practical steps to make them happen. and connect with your ultimate purpose.

Specifically, you will learn:

Use Emotional Intelligence
•Why mental toughness requires emotional fitness
•How women leaders can kick butt
•The art of getting what you want

Bullet Proof Your Brain
•Develop the brain of a leader
•Upgrade your brain
•Yes is the most dangerous word in the world

Find Your Inner Warrior
•How to stay cool under pressure
•Ways to grow stronger from turmoil in your life
•How to move forward when you feel overwhelmed

Predict Your Success
•Move toward peak performance
•How to beat the odds
•How to better juggle work and life

If you are looking to reach your full potential, Mental Toughness for Women Leaders will show you how to use mental toughness to be the leader you always knew you could be—in business or life.

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Table of Contents

SECTION ONE: USE EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
Chapter One: Mental Toughness Requires Emotional Fitness
Chapter Two: How Women Leaders Can Kick Butt
Chapter Three: The Art of Getting What You Want

SECTION TWO: BULLET PROOF YOUR BRAIN
Chapter Four: Develop the Brain of A Leader
Chapter Five: Upgrade Your Brain
Chapter Six: Yes Is The Most Dangerous Word in the World

SECTION THREE: FIND YOUR INNER WARRIOR
Chapter Seven: How to Stay Cool Under Pressure
Chapter Eight: Ways To Grow Stronger From Turmoil In Your Life
Chapter Nine: How To Move Forward When You Feel Overwhelmed

SECTION FOUR: PREDICT YOUR SUCCESS
Chapter Ten: Move Toward Peak Performance
Chapter Eleven: How To Beat The Odds
Chapter Twelve: How To Better Juggle Work and Life

Index of Resources
Further Reading
Acknowledgements

Chapter 1 Excerpt

I’ve been frequently asked how the “touchy-feely” aspect of emotional intelligence was viewed by the FBI agents with whom I worked alongside for 24 years. I would be the first to say that the FBI is not a touchy-feely sort of organization; on the other hand, emotional intelligence is an important tool for agents required to recruit human intelli-gence (humint) sources and interview suspects.

Many believe that mental toughness is a leader’s ability to plow through emotions and feelings without being touched by them so they can continue to march stalwartly on-ward. It’s not that simple.

Leaders with mental toughness need to identify and control emotions, not only of themselves but of others as well. Mental toughness is not ignoring feelings or refusing to express them; instead, it is the intelligence to perceive, use, understand, and manage our emotions.

Awareness and curiosity about their own emotions, as well as those of others, places leaders in a stronger position to not only recognize the negative ones but to anticipate how they could spin out of control.

Emotional Intelligence has four parts: self-awareness, managing our emotions, empa-thy, and social skills. Whether men or women have an edge in emotional intelligence matters more than ever in the workplace as more companies are beginning to recognize the role of emotional intelligence in successful leaders.

According to Daniel Goleman, women tend to be better at emotional empathy than men. This is the sort of empathy that encourages rapport and chemistry. When women are sympathizing with someone, their brain mimics what the person feels. Many have speculated that women are better at mimicry and recognizing body language because they’ve spent more time with infants and small children.

If the other person is upset, women’s brains tend to stay with those feelings; but men’s brains tend to try and solve the problem that’s creating the disturbance.

While it’s tempting to judge one response as better or more effective than the other, researchers have determined that when looking at top leadership performers, gender differences in emotional intelligence abilities wash out: The men are as good as the women, the women as good as the men, across the board.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

LaRae Quy

LaRae Quy was an undercover and counterintelligence FBI agent for 24 years. She exposed foreign spies and recruited them to work for the U.S. Government. As an FBI agent, she developed the mental toughness to survive in environments of risk, uncertainty, and deception. As a former FBI agent, she speaks and coaches about sharing no-nonsense FBI practices to help others develop the mental strength...

LaRae Quy was an undercover and counterintelligence FBI agent for 24 years. She exposed foreign spies and recruited them to work for the U.S. Government. As an FBI agent, she developed the mental toughness to survive in environments of risk, uncertainty, and deception. As a former FBI agent, she speaks and coaches about sharing no-nonsense FBI practices to help others develop the mental strength to manage their emotions, behavior, and thinking so they can set themselves up for success. Her clients are diverse but they share the same desire to empower themselves to build the mental strength needed to keep moving toward their goals and calling in life. Their shared belief is that they have the power within themselves to achieve greater personal accomplishments.

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