Mastering Your Inner Critic and 7 Other High Hurdles to Advancement

A practical guide for addressing common hurdles to career growth


Mastering Your Inner Critic and 7 Other High Hurdles to Advancement, a must-have leadership guide from Linkage

Get the clarity that you need to get more of what you want (at work and in life) by identifying, managing and ultimately, mastering the hurdles that you need to overcome—in order to accelerate your leadership career and maximize your impact.

In Mastering Your Inner Critic and 7 Other High Hurdles to Advancement, Susan MacKenty Brady, founder of Linkage’s Women in Leadership Institute, has uncovered the behaviors, actions, and stereotypes women are perpetuating (many, unconsciously). Through inspirational stories and practical wisdom, she helps readers confront self-defeating messages and instead focus on the areas that we can overcome to achieve our career goals: Bias, Clarity, Proving Your Value, Recognized Confidence, Branding and Presence, Making the Ask, Networking, and the Inner Critic.


Susan MacKenty Brady inspires, educates and ignites leaders globally on fostering a mindset of inclusion and self-awareness. As an expert in the advancement of women leaders, Susan advises C-level executives on how to create gender parity in organizations and motivates women to fully realize—and manifest—their leadership potential.

As CEO, Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership, Susan supports the development of women leaders, and oversees the Simmons Leadership Conferences, executive education programs, and the Center for Gender in Organizations.

Prior to joining Simmons, Susan was Executive Vice President at Linkage, where she founded Linkage’s Women in Leadership Institute, which boasts a network of over 15,000 alumni worldwide and is now in its 20th year.


Susan Brady has given voice to the critical barriers that impede women leaders from the full realization of their talents and gifts. In an unapologetic, transparent conversation, Susan calls out the barriers and provides easy-to-execute remedies that will propel readers to their leadership reality!

Carla A. Harris

Vice Chairman, Managing Director, Senior Client Advisor, Morgan Stanley

I wish the leadership lessons in this book could somehow be put in our water supply. People—especially women—would get more out of their lives by returning to this book over and over again.

Brigadier General Tom Kolditz

Professor Emeritus, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, and founding Executive Director, Doerr Institute for New Leaders

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