About the book

China N
ew leaders 

DESCRIPTION:


Through my experience by living among Chinese Women Entrepreneur and 15 in-dept interviews that I had with 15 of these entrepreneur, I discov
ered a leadership and management style the Occidental w
orld shall learn from.

 

CHAPTERS:

Preface

 
It is the book’s introduction. It covers: my motivation to write it, the framework in which my relationship with China has began, what the book is and is not about, and some introductory general framework comments about the situation of women in China.

 

1. Chinese Women Entrepreneurs

It explains how these women ended helping me to move in China and understand China, providing some inputs on the Chinese women’s situation throughout history and some previous insights on women in both the Oriental and the Occidental worlds.

 

2. Three distinguished links in the Chinese network

It starts with some introduction on my departure to and arrival in China and how, starting from scratch I began to build my network there and eventually got in contact with the All China Women Federation and the Chinese Women Entrepreneurs and managed to build a Chinese network of entrepreneurs. The three distinguished links in this network are:

 

The extraordinary and unique Zhang Yan

A handicapped person, a woman entrepreneur herself and one of the most amazing personalities I have found in my life. This chapter talks about her and all she has told me about China.

The simple and anonymous millionaire Zhang Z.Y.

Briefly covers the story of an anonymous (but real –she just wanted to remain so-) Chinese woman friend entrepreneur.

 Shi QingQi. A Chinese fairy godmother

It explains how I did manage to finally get the support of this woman –Executive Vicepresident and Secretary General of the China Association of Women Entrepreneurs (CAWE)- to make this book’s project a reality. It also explains how when she finally fully opened herself and spoke frank to me, she told to me that many of the stereotypes that are taught to us –the Occidentals- about how to interact with the Chinese and do business in China are not true.

 

Then, there are 15 Chapters, that cover 15 in-dept interviews with 15 Chinese Entrepreneurs

  1. Guo XiuMin. When the future can only get better
  2. Sue YueHuan. When tolerance and delegation prove to be valuable tools for living better
  3. Zhang Hao. When travelling and doing two things at once are necessary for everyday living
  4. Guan YuXian. When masculine coldness reaches the female leader
  5. Wang JieMing. When entrepreneurial success is based on love and generosity
  6. Kuang YunHong. When public and private property management looks the same
  7. Luo HuoHuo. When life flows smoothly without men
  8. Yu Jian. When figure and personality reveal human and managerial greatness
  9. Ding Kai. When it is never too late to start again
  10. Liu YuRu. When feminine elegance is also possible at the factory
  11. Zhou JueMin. When acting like a man is thought necessary for managing male sectors
  12. Gu FengHui. When the feminine touch in every single detail is compatible with good business management
  13. Shen XiuXiu. When a masculine personality is compatible with a great feminine heart
  14. Chen Ping. When it is possible to be one’s husband boss and maintain a good relationship
  15. Zhou MeiHua. When the important thing is doing what makes us feel better.
 
In all these chapters it is covered: the circumstances in which the interview took place, the executive position hold by the woman entrepreneur, the basic characteristics and evolution of her company and her professional and personal history. Special emphasis is being made in showing these women as persons with a tremendous interior strength and a very much developed human dimension, which they mobilize everyday in their entrepreneurial activity. The title of each of these chapters includes a phrase, which summarizes the most relevant aspect of that woman entrepreneur. This phrase is always retaken at the end of each chapter. The stories of these women entrepreneur are being ordered in the same order the interviews were done. This allows me to also explain many of the circumstances and events that took place around those interviews.
 
It is worth to mention that among those Chinese women entrepreneurs there are very relevant ones, such as:
  • Yu Jian, until January 2007, General Manager of the second largest gas company in China (after the Beijing one) –la ShenZhen Gas Corporation- and today President of Shenzhen Water Group Co., Ltd. participated by Veolia and also a very important sector for today’s China.
  • Gu Feng Hui, General Manager of Shanghai Macro Home Real Estate Co., the company responsible, for instance, of the Shanghai International Circuit’s project management, very well known worldwide these days.

 

18. The birth of a new style of entrepreneurship and leadership

It is a kind of a summary / conclusions of everything I learned by being since 2004, and in particular during my in-depth interviews, among Chinese women entrepreneur and interacting with them. It makes comparisons between them and their male counterpart, as well as between them and their Occidental women counterpart. It explains how, at the end of the day, these Chinese women entrepreneurs are just women like us, the Occidental ones, and just women before being professionals and entrepreneurs. It leaves on the table the question of how the immediate next generations of Chinese leaders and entrepreneurs –women and males-, that these women have nurtured, will be. And it end by saying that through these Chinese women entrepreneurs “a new style of entrepreneurship and leadership is born”.

 

Other than this, the book includes a brief bibliography and a picture from each of the 15 women entrepreneurs as well as from Zhang Yan and Shi Qingqi.