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  • An Amazon Best Business Book of 2018

  • Audible’s Best Business Book of 2018

  • Named "Best New Book" by People Magazine and Refinery29

  • One of Goodreads' Highest-Rated Career Books of 2018

  • A Women@Forbes "Boss Moves Book Club" pick

  • One of Business Insider’s 10 Best Business and Leadership Books of 2018

  • One of Inc.’s Most Inspiring Books of 2018


"In [The Myth of the Nice Girl], Fran Hauser turns the 'nice girl' notion on its head." -Forbes


"Yes, ambitious women can achieve satisfying careers of power and leadership without sacrificing kindness - by using it, in fact. This guide tells you how to strategize, but nicely." - People Magazine

"[The Myth of the Nice Girl] blows up the negative perception of ‘niceness’ that many women struggle with in the workplace." - New York Post

"Many career titles gloss over the muck successful people have to wade through to get to the top. Fortunately, Fran gets into the mess — and gets specific — explaining how she has learned to handle all kinds of uncomfortable moments with authenticity and grace…If you're looking for fresh perspective on solving old problems, or are trying to forecast ways to tackle future ones, this book is worth a read." - Refinery29

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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 resonates with smart, professional women who know what they want and are looking for real advice to take their career to the next level.

Read what the press is saying about The Myth of the Nice Girl.

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"We need more women at every level of the workplace. And, in The Myth of the Nice Girl, Fran Hauser redefines our outdated notions of what a powerful leader should look like and shows how a culture in which we no longer allow brilliant jerks to dominate the workplace will be better not just for women, but for everyone — and for the bottom line.”

-Arianna Huffington, Founder & CEO of Thrive Global and Founder of Huffington Post


"If you want to redefine success on your own terms, you have to reimagine what a strong leader looks like. The Myth of the Nice Girl proves that you don't have to sacrifice who you are to get ahead. It's time to discard old-fashioned stereotypes, become the boss of your own future and recognize that being nice and authentic can make you a true Girlboss." 

- Sophia Amoruso, Founder & CEO, Girlboss



"'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



"This book is about more than the power that comes with kindness.  Fran shares her insights and actionable ideas to help navigate many of work’s most difficult moments along with strategies that will allow you to get ahead.”

- Mindy Grossman, President and CEO at Weight Watchers International, Inc.



"NICE GIRL will save you a lot of time trying to become something you’re not. Through her own story and those of other female leaders, Fran shows that nice women really do come out on top.”

- Desiree Gruber, CEO at Full Picture, Executive Producer of Project Runway

"For anyone trying to figure out how to climb the corporate ladder, launch a new business, or gain more confidence in their day-to-day quest to love what they do and how they do it, this book is for you…The Myth of the Nice Girl is a great book for those who want to take on more work without seeming overly ambitious or bossy in a bad way. It's great for managers who need tips on how to provide feedback in more effective ways while still being nice and not making it personal…Karma's a b*tch, and with this guide, you can sleep easy knowing you are doing the right things to get ahead without having to hate yourself in the end."

-Lisa Sugar, Founder, President and Editor in Chief, POPSUGAR

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