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For Women Only in the Workplace

About This Book

For Women Only in the Workplace is the faith-based edition of Shaunti’s parallel book for the general market, entitled The Male Factor: The Unwritten Rules, Misperceptions, and Secret Beliefs of Men in the Workplace. Shaunti launched The Male Factor on The Today Show in 2010. This new edition, For Women Only in the Workplace, reports the same research and information but adds a direct focus on the unique needs, interests and perspectives of readers of faith, whether working in a church office or in a Fortune 100 corporation. For Women Only in the Workplace also includes an added chapter with supportive application and wisdom from senior Christian women who have been navigating these issues in the workplace for years, and a group discussion guide. (If you would like to see the regular edition, for the general business market, please visit the business-specific website at

Millions of women gained eye-opening insights about the inner lives of men in their personal lives through Shaunti Feldhahn’s best-selling book For Women Only. Now with For Women Only in the Workplace, Feldhahn brings her innovative research approach to the workplace to help women understand their male colleagues. Based on a nationwide survey and confidential interviews with thousands of men whose anonymity was guaranteed, her book reveals the private thoughts and attitudes that men rarely disclose but every woman needs to know.

Never before has an author gotten inside the hearts and minds of men in the workplace—from CEOs to nonprofit managers, from pastors to factory workers—to discover how they perceive the way women often approach things on the job, what their expected “rules” of the workplace are, what “managing emotion” means, and what factors improve or harm a man’s respect for a female co-worker.

Among the little-known but critical insights For Women Only in the Workplace reveals are:

  • How men, with rare exception, view almost any emotional display as a sign that the person can no longer think clearly (as well as what men perceive as emotion in the first place)
  • Why certain types of trendy attire may actually sabotage a woman’s career
  • Which little-known signals ensure that a man’s perception of a strong female colleague is positive (“competent and influential”) instead of negative (“difficult”)

Even women who have navigated male-dominated work environments for years have expressed surprise at these and other revelations in the book. Some readers may find them challenging. Yet For Women Only in the Workplace delivers a one-of-a-kind opportunity for women to understand how male bosses, colleagues, subordinates, and customers privately think, and why they react the way they do. These vital insights enable each woman to make informed decisions in her unique workplace situation.

In this Christian edition, Feldhahn builds on the same research and information as in the general-market edition, but speaks directly to the interests and questions of women of faith, whether their workplace is a part-time ministry or a Fortune 500 corporation. This edition also delivers invaluable advice from senior Christian women who have broad experience in dealing with these questions, understand and share the reader’s values, and want to help other women achieve the best possible work relationships.


As a woman in the business world, I find it extremely beneficial to achieve a level of understanding and professionalism with men in the work place. Shaunti’s research helps women gain a fresh perspective in the marketplace…
Trudy Cathy White, Family Owner, Chick-fil-A, Inc. and Girl’s Director, WinShape Camps

For Women Only in the Workplace is full of practical recommendations for women who want to maximize their impact in a workplace full of male counterparts, and is a must-read for women in leadership. If you’ve ever interacted with a male colleague, boss, or employee, and wonder, ’Why did he respond that way?’ this book will provide answers.
Yvette Maher, Vice President of Focus on the Family

Shaunti Feldhahn has done it again! Revealing, insightful, but most of all unapologetically realistic, she shares in her latest offering, For Women Only in the Workplace, what women need to know in order to navigate through the workplace victoriously. The unwritten rules can no longer be ignored because Shaunti has spelled them out with crystal clarity. A must-read.
Michelle McKinney Hammond, author of What Women Don’t Know and Men Don’t Tell You

For Women Only in the Workplace is filled with practical research-based insights on how men view women in the workplace—insights you can use immediately to reach your professional goals faster and thrive in the work place. If you find yourself confused by how your male boss or co-workers think or act, Shaunti Feldhahn peels back the layers to help you understand what’s really going on. Candid and revealing, For Women Only in the Workplace is a wise read for professional women.
Valorie Burton, author of What’s Really Holding You Back? and How Did I Get So Busy?

If you’re a woman in business and want to advance your career in a man’s world, this is a must read. You will leap-frog your career by knowing and applying what’s in this book.
Os Hillman, President of Marketplace Leaders