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Arrive and Thrive: 7 Impactful Practices for Women Navigating Leadership

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Thrive in a senior leadership role as your best self. Inspire excellence in your team by channeling your own well-being. Lead a highly fulfilled life. This practical guide shows you how.

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About the book

How do you thrive as a formidable leader while combatting systemic barriers that add to the complexity of the challenges you face? The leadership book Arrive and Thrive from Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership’s Susan MacKenty Brady, Deloitte’s Janet Foutty and Simmons University President, Dr. Lynn Perry Wooten, is an impactful guide for women in leadership positions. Featuring personal stories from executives at today’s most successful organizations, Arrive and Thrive peels back the curtain on how to overcome obstacles through intentional practices to help you flourish.

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7 Impactful Practices for Arriving & Thriving

The paradigm for women for far too long has been about surviving if you’re lucky enough to arrive at the top. The 7 Impactful Practices for Arriving & Thriving enable you to thrive and, in so doing, help others flourish as well. Grow as a person. Become a more effective leader. Champion change in your community.

  1. Investing in Your Best Self: Lead from the best part of yourself―and ensure you tend to your mind, body, and spirit for continual renewal.
  2. Embracing Authenticity: With intention and ease, bring your whole self to work.
  3. Cultivating Courage: Commit to action, alongside your fear of doing so.
  4. Fostering Resilience: Keep up with the pace and intensity while overcoming setbacks and emerging stronger than before.
  5. Inspiring a Bold Vision: Enroll others in a mission that awakens their spirit and desire to create a stronger future.
  6. Creating a Healthy Team Environment: Create an environment that is supportive, collaborative, and healthy.
  7. Committing to the Work of an Inclusive Leader: Create the culture of inclusion and advancing equitable outcomes needed for high performance.

As you rise into your position of greater responsibility, risk, and reward, Arrive and Thrive offers the groundwork for making effective and fulfilling choices for yourself, your team, your industry, and your community.

Meet the authors

This trio of renowned women leaders from very different worlds—a powerful C-Suite executive, a top leadership well-being coach, and a respected university president and academic researcher—distill their collective knowledge into seven essential practices for any leader who wants to thrive in organizational life.

Susan MacKenty Brady is the Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Chair for Women and Leadership and CEO of Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership. A highly sought-after author and expert on self-aware leadership, Susan has keynoted or consulted at over 500 organizations worldwide.

Janet Foutty is the Executive Chair of the Board of Deloitte US. She previously was the chair and CEO of Deloitte Consulting. Janet is committed to purposeful leadership and recognizes that business can and should make a broader societal impact that matters.

Dr. Lynn Perry Wooten is President of Simmons University. Her academic research focuses on everyday leadership, crisis management, and workforce diversity. She also maintains a robust clinical practice devoted to leadership development.


Praise for Arrive and Thrive

Bravo to this trio of authors who, leveraging their powerful and distinct leadership experiences, perspectives, and network bring us closer to understanding the essence of authentic leadership. This book is chock full of inspiration and tangible lessons for being our best and truest self.

Erika H. James

Dean of Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

This book will inspire and empower women – and their allies — at all levels of leadership to think bigger and intentionally about their professional impact and possibilities.

Dorie Clark

Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Long Game and executive education faculty, Duke University Fuqua School of Business

Women fighting for gender equality have to upend so many barriers; a world of work built for men and outdated stereotypes. It can be exhausting but there is energy to be found in learning from the insights of Arrive and Thrive.

Julia Gillard

27th Prime Minister of Australia; Chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, King’s College London and the Australian National University

This book captures insightful and practical lessons that all aspiring leaders can learn from.

John Donahoe

CEO, Nike

There are so many reasons to read this book: It is practical, poignant, personal, powerful, and pointed toward doing. The lessons learned from experience and research are provided in accessible ways. The authors are generous in sharing their favorite tools and best advice in the journey of moving beyond arriving to thriving. A must-read leadership resource.

Barry Z. Posner, PhD

Michael J. Accolti, S.J. Chair and Professor of Leadership Chair, Department of Management & Entrepreneurship Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University

Timely and pragmatic...this progress in gender equity and leadership will alter the trajectory of our society.

Michael Crow

Arizona State University, President

Arrive and Thrive is rooted in real world experience and incredible life lessons. The seven impactful practices have proven true throughout my leadership journey and reflect lessons that I learned both on the court and in the boardroom. In an era where so many of us think we are just surviving in this complex business world, this book will inspire you to move from survive to thrive.

Cathy Engelbert

WNBA Commissioner

If you are contemplating stepping up and stepping in, even more, the 7 Impactful Practices in this book – and the wisdom of the three authors and the experts they highlight –will show you how.

Molly Fletcher

Speaker, Author, Former Sports Agent

Contributor Perspectives

I can confidently say the themes explored in this book, when viewed in combination, wield immense power in helping anyone thrive in a leadership position.

Indra Nooyi

Former Chairperson & CEO, Pepsico

This book is not just another leadership how-to. Each of the 7 practices affords an opportunity to do some self-reflection.

Helen Drinan

Former President, Simmons University

The more you understand about growth, the greater capacity you have to grow. Whether it feels awkward, clumsy, or really exciting, know what is needed to continue learning. That allows you to be in that perpetual state of arrival and perpetually thriving.

Whitney Johnson

CEO, Disruption Advisors, author of Disrupt Yourself: Master Relentless Change and Speed up