Andrea Jung, the glamorous former head of Avon, was arguably the world's most charismatic and effective CEO, credited with the astonishing turnaround of the venerable brand. Avon's board was filled with tough-minded, successful CEOs and other high achievers, but when Jung walked into a room wearing her Chanel suit, custom- blended lipstick and signature pearls, every head turned and she had them eating out of her hand. She seemed incapable of making a wrong move, until, amid declining sales, an investigation by the SEC, and a brand in crisis she stepped down in late 2012. In Beauty Queen, former Avon VP Deborrah Himsel uses Jung's story as a case study for two timeless leadership questions: What makes great leaders great? And what makes them fail? She explores both Jung's early years of success as well as the combination of missteps that led to her downfall, including her failure to nurture Avon's direct selling channel, the erosion of trust that occurred as a result of frequent decision reversals, and her ignorance of operational details, including how her people secured a license to conduct door-to-door sales in China, that led to a federal investigation. Through interviews with other CEOs, Avon executives past and present, and leadership experts, she explores the unique challenges Jung faced as a female Fortune 500 CEO; the thin line between pride and hubris; and the danger of the so-called "halo effect" in our high-stakes times.
"Deborrah Himsel is among the most creative and astute business writers of our time. In Beauty Queen, she distills leadership lessons from an engaging, insightful exploration of a celebrity's journey. This gripping book explores Andrea Jung's journey at Avon at both an individual and organizational growth level... any aspiring business leader will be enthralled." --Rick Brandon, Ph.D., author, Survival of the Savvy"Most great leaders have incredible strengths that may cover their weaknesses. This insider's view of Andrea Jung reports incredible leadership strengths that helped Avon become an incredibly successful company. But these strengths also masked some of the governance processes than undid some of Avon's success. The book should be guide and warning to aspiring leaders who have great opportunities as well as risks." --Dave Ulrich, Professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and Partner, The RBL Group"I'm very impressed to see such a rich diagnostic of all these terrific and challenging years under Andrea Jung. I believe the legacy from many previous leadership generations focused more on short term results than sustainable success, making the challenge of transformation bigger than one CEO, even one as powerful as Andrea. This book is not only a great diagnostic and company history, but an insightful lesson for anyone with leadership responsibilities." -- Saulo Coffani Nunes, Former Global Sales Development Vice President for Latin America, Avon"Himsel's captivating account of CEO icon Andrea Jung is both sobering and poignantly educational. Now more than ever, women leaders are reaching new heights. Beauty Queen provides the skills and genuine realism aspiring leaders need in order to succeed. Additionally exceptional about the book is how candidly Himsel calls out the critical balance every successful leader must negotiate in making their mark and then also knowing how and when to move on. This vital reality is one we don't often
Number Of Pages: 228
Published: 29th April 2014
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 15.0 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.45