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In THE MYTH OF THE NICE GIRL, Fran Hauser deconstructs the negative perception of "niceness" that many women struggle with in the business world. If women are nice, they are seen as weak and ineffective, but if they are tough, they are labeled a bitch.

Hauser proves that women don’t have to sacrifice their values or hide their authentic personalities to be successful. Sharing a wealth of personal anecdotes and time-tested strategies, she shows women how to reclaim “nice” and sidestep regressive stereotypes about what a strong leader looks like. Her accessible advice and hard-won wisdom detail how to balance being empathetic with being decisive, how to rise above the double standards that can box you in, how to cultivate authentic confidence that projects throughout a room, and much more.

THE MYTH OF THE NICE GIRL is a refreshing dose of forward-looking feminism that will resonate with smart, professional women who know what they want and are looking for real advice to take their career to the next level.

See Fran's essay on Refinery29 explaining why she wrote THE MYTH OF THE NICE GIRL


"'The Myth of the Nice Girl' offers useful tips for some of the biggest challenges we face as women in the workplace - speaking up, offering feedback, negotiating - and even word-for-word scripts for when you’re at a complete loss for what to say! 'The Myth of the Nice Girl' is the perfect guide to accomplishing your career goals, without sacrificing kindness."

-Randi Zuckerberg, Founder & CEO at Zuckerberg Media


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The world desperately needs the message Fran pioneers in NICE GIRL. I look forward to seeing employees and leaders alike embrace Fran's principles of authentic and compassionate leadership and, as a result, improve corporate culture across all industries.”

- Amy Emmerich, Chief Content Officer at Refinery29



"This book is a must-read for anyone trying to navigate business relationships while 'staying human'. I believe in the message so much that it's recommended reading for my class at Columbia Business School. Fran is the perfect example of someone who hasn't lost her humanity with all of her success, and has shown that kindness can in fact be a leader's most powerful strength."

                                  - Angela Lee, Chief Innovation Officer and Associate Dean at Columbia Business School



"I’ve always admired Fran for being super nice and super successful. NICE GIRL is an inspiring guidebook for women, whether just starting out in their careers or more established and looking for a reminder to stay true to who they are."

-Farnoosh Torabi, bestselling author and host of the podcast So Money



"If we want to close the gender gap, it's imperative that we broaden our view of what a leader looks like. Fran's solid advice for tackling the challenges we all face in our careers with empathy will open the door for many more women to rise to the top."

-Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, Founder & Chairman of theBoardlist

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Book publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Headshot: Jennifer Mullowney | Book jacket design: Martha Kennedy