7 Deadly Sins of Women in Leadership paperback

About the Book

7 Deadly Sins of Women in Leadership Paperback

7 Deadly Sins of Women in Leadership: Overcome Self-Defeating Behaviour in Work and Ministry

This book is primarily focussed on promoting leadership development wherever women serve as leaders. The book aims to encourage all women to affirm what is good about their leadership, while addressing what is potentially destructive.

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Women in Leadership are:

1st Limiting self-perceptions  Adjust how you see yourself

2nd Failure to draw the line  Establish appropriate boundaries

3rd Inadequate personal vision  Develop and maintain a God-inspired vision

4th Too little life in the work  Establish a healthy work-life rhythm

5th Everybody’s friend, nobody’s leader  Defeat the ‘disease to please’

6th Colluding and not confronting  Deal with men (and women!) behaving badly

7th Neglect in family matters  Be intentional with your nearest and dearest

This book will enable you to identify and overcome self-defeating patterns of behaviour, in ways that will radically transform your leadership capabilities.

Endorsements and Reviews

– Elaine Storkey, Author, speaker, broadcaster, president of Tear Fund

‘This is a “must read” book for anyone in leadership, including those who wonder how they got there! In her perceptive examination, Kate Coleman uncovers what so often lies hidden in this area, and places it firmly on the agenda. It’s rare to find such careful research, gripping narrative and positive mentoring all in one book. I loved it!’


– Kay Chaldecott, Former Managing Director Capital Shopping Centres PLC

‘If you need a push to step up your leadership skills, this book will encourage you in a thought provoking, relevant and practical way. Kate Coleman’s experience and insight furthers our understanding of leadership and the recognition that, as women, we have a responsibility to lead. Kate’s perspective on a consensus leadership style hit a particularly powerful chord in my heart. I would recommend this book to all women, at any stage of their leadership journey, knowing that God can use us in extraordinary ways, if we are willing to respond. This is a contemporary, breezy read, compelling in substance and style.’


– Grace Owen, Career coach, speaker, author of The Career Itch

‘Thank God for 7 Deadly Sins of Women in Leadership! I am convinced that this book will equip women in leadership to hone their craft, enabling them to “swim” rather than “sink” as leaders. It is a timely and essential resource for women leaders across all sectors.’


– Katei Kirby, Wesleyan minister and former CEO of ACEA UK  (African Caribbean Evangelical Alliance)

‘A clear and timely tool for women leaders and for the men who celebrate them. To get the most out of this book, approach it as you would a panoramic fitting room mirror: you may not like what you see, but you’re in a good place to put it right.’


– Christian Times (an independent, inter-denominational, Christian media company which serves to provide direct, and current news information to the general Christian public)

‘Sometimes the things holding women back from their full potential in leadership don’t come from society or the institutions they work for, but rather the destructive behaviours and crippling mind-sets they can fall into from time to time…’

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– Sophia Network (The Sophia Network exists to connect women in youth work and ministry, to access training, develop skills and share wisdom)

‘Every now and then you come across a book that you know is going to be more than just a good, inspiring read, it’s going to be a useful resource that you refer to again and again. This book is one of those books…’