Shaunti Feldhahn

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Women's Leadership


In 2001 when I began my unexpected research into how men think, I consistently heard surprising things about two different areas: how men think in personal relationships, and how they think in the workplace. When these interviews led to the development of For Women Only, my first book on the subject, I quickly realized that I couldn’t focus on both applications in one book. So For Women Only focused on the “relationship” application, and my book For Women in the Workplace :What You Need to Know About How Men Think At Work (general-market edition is titled The Male Factor:The Unwritten Rules, Misperceptions, And Secret Beliefs of Men in the Workplace) reveals the workplace findings.  Just as women can unintentionally undermine the positive personal relationship we want by not understanding some of the key ways that men privately think, we can also derail or experience less than our full potential in our careers.  Just as someone working with the unstated expectations of a foreign culture will be far more effective and influential if they understand that culture, high potential and talented women benefit by knowing the unstated - often subconscious -- expectations and perceptions common in the "internal male culture."

For Women Only in the Workplace/The Male Factor Launched on Today Show 2010

In January of 2010 I had the privilege of launching The Male Factor with and interview with Meredith Vieira on the Today Show. Watch here.

For Women Only in the Workplace: What You Need to Know About How Men Think At Work

The Male Factor: The Unwritten Rules, Misperceptions and Secret Beliefs of Men in the Workplace

Two Options for the Workplace Arena

I am now speaking on the application of the workplace findings in two different arenas: the corporate, general-business market, (The Male Factor) and the specialized faith-based market (For Women Only in the Workplace).  Each has its own website, as noted below.

Corporate, General-Business Market

The Male Factor If you would like to know more about the services and resources provided beyond my book, The Male Factor, and review some of my speaking clips from business keynotes, workshops, radio and tv interviews, this link will take you to

For Women Only in the Workplace

For Women Only in the Workplace If you are seeking resources to help you specifically from a faith-based perspective, this link will take you to relevant articles and resources in the website.


For Women Only in the Workplace: What You Need to Know About How Men Think At Work

Do You Know the Unwritten Rules of the Workplace?

As a veteran of Wall Street and Capitol Hill, Shaunti Feldhahn knows that even the most experienced Christian businesswoman can inadvertently sabotage her career simply because she doesn’t know how her male supervisors, colleagues, and employees think.

For Women Only in the Workplace gives you startling insights into the expectations and perceptions of men at work. Whether you work in a corporate setting, a small business, or a ministry, you’ll find Shaunti’s research invaluable as you discover:

  • What you need to know about a man’s hidden insecurity
  • What “it’s not personal, it’s just business” actually means to men
  • How men view emotion in the workplace—and what they consider to be emotion
  • How what you wear can significantly hinder your effectiveness at work
  • The secrets to being strong and competent—without being viewed as difficult

Based on eight years of intense research, extensive interviews, and national surveys of more than three thousand men—from CEOs to assistants, from factory workers to lawyers—For Women Only in the Workplace gives you the keys you need to be who you are and be respected and successful wherever you work with men.

Includes a group discussion guide.


The Male Factor: The Unwritten Rules, Misperceptions and Secret Beliefs of Men in the Workplace

This is a startling and confidential exploration of what men privately think, including about the words and actions of women in the workplace. This book, seven years in the making, is based on nationwide surveys and confidential interviews with more than 3,000 men, ranging from corporate CEOs to factory workers.

Many talented women today risk undermining their careers without realizing it, simply because they don’t understand how they are perceived by their male colleagues and customers. In her new book, bestselling author Shaunti Feldhahn reveals the inner reality behind men’s views—the unspoken expectations that no man would dare to publicly acknowledge, and no woman would learn from an HR department. These revelations include:

  • Men’s unwritten ‘rules’ of the workplace
  • How men perceive workplace emotion
  • What common situations with female colleagues most frustrate men-- and why
  • Why revealing clothing can sabotage a woman’s effectiveness
  • Why some men think flextime is fine, but equal compensation for it is not

The Male Factor: The Unwritten Rules, Misperceptions and Secret Beliefs of Men in the Workplace, does not tell women ‘what to do.’ It equips women with some critical knowledge that they may not have had before, so they can make informed decisions about their workplace strategies, and compete on a level playing field.

Shaunti Feldhahn is a nationally syndicated columnist and the bestselling author of For Women Only: What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men and For Men Only, which together have sold more than one million copies. She holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard, worked on Wall Street and now lives in Atlanta, Georgia.