How to Be a Powerful, Impactful, Influential Leader in Any Environment
by Carla A. Harris


The author of Expect To Win and Strategize To Win steps out with dynamic strategies for leaders of today and tomorrow.

Work has undergone a sea change, introducing a new matrix of concerns and questions for leaders and potential leaders. What does it take to lead effectively now?

Timely, inspiring, and filled with Harris’s trademark practical advice, Lead To Win will become a touchstone for anyone looking to influence and lead others to make positive change.

Praise for LEAD TO WIN

“Our world has changed — and so must the way we lead. Thank goodness, then, for Carla Harris. In this powerful book, she draws on the wisdom accumulated during her own astonishing career to illuminate how leaders can become more intentional, effective, and transformative.”
—Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author of THE POWER OF REGRET, DRIVE, and TO SELL IS HUMAN

“Carla Harris knows what it takes to smash glass ceilings and blaze new trails. This powerful, practical book is filled with pearls of leadership wisdom from her exemplary career.”
illuminate how leaders can become more intentional, effective, and transformative.”
—Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of THINK AGAIN

“In contrast to people that study leadership, Carla’s “pearls” of intentional leadership is based on her personal experience and working with industry leaders as they raised capital in dynamic, competitive operational environments. Her insights and tactics will be very valuable contributions to evolving leaders at various stages of their development.”
—Dr. James Cash, Professor Emeritus, Harvard Business School

“In Lead To Win, Carla Harris shares her battle- tested “Pearls of Wisdom” for powerful leadership in the 21st Century, pandemic impacted environment. Her focus on the pearls of Intentional Leadership is thoughtful, practical, and executable. This book offers a recipe for leadership success if you are already sitting in the C-suite, a founder of an early stage company, or someone aspiring to lead others in any venue. An insightful add to your must-read list.”
—Robin L. Washington, Board Director, Salesforce, Honeywell, and Alphabet, former CFO, Gilead Sciences

“Carla Harris’ new book, Lead to Win, is bound to be a foundational playbook for executives who are on the development path to transformative leadership. Both tactical and pragmatic, and based on her decades of experience in competitive industries, Carla’s advice and guidance, and the invaluable leadership “gems” of wisdom along the way, are a roadmap for all those on the journey from management to leadership. It is a ‘must-read’ for all organizational leaders who understand the importance of moving beyond execution to empowerment.”
—Gaby Sulzberger, Chairman ESG, Teneo

“A gifted and charismatic executive, Carla Harris oozes can-doisms. But in “Lead to Win,” she also offers the kind of candor, foresight, and unflinching reflection these uncertain and challenging times call for, delivering a playbook for successfully navigating a business landscape that is unlike any we’ve known before.”
—Caroline Clarke, author, Take a Lesson: Black Achievers on How They Made It and What They Learned Along the Way, co-founder, Black Enterprise Women of Power

“The rules for impactful leadership have changed and at this time, leaders will have to listen, be engaged and prone to action like never before. In Lead To Win, Carla Harris gives you the playbook to steer through this transformative time in the workplace so that you can lead and win!”
—Shellye Archambeau, Fortune 500 board director and Author of Unapologetically Ambitious

“Becoming a growth organization requires outstanding leadership. With Lead to Win, Carla Harris provides a powerful guide for executives seeking to develop leaders who are able to make a significant impact at their company. Harris reinforces the importance of transparency, empathy, and the ability to transform people as the key to leadership of today.”
—Mike Hyter, President and CEO, The Executive Leadership Council

“Carla Harris has written a blueprint of how to lead in the times that we are in. Her pearls of Authenticity, Building Trust, Diversity and Innovation, and Voice are especially relevant today. She inspires leaders to be transformational and inclusive, while being powerful and effective. “
—Hope Knight, Senior Corporate and Government Executive

Title: STRATEGIZE TO WIN: The New Way to Start Out, Step Up, or Start Over in Your Career
Author: Carla A. Harris
Publisher: Hudson Street Press
Pub month: December 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 9781594633058


Gold Medal winner of the 2016 Axiom Business Book Awards in Careers.


“Though I’m in my fifth career (so far!), I devoured Strategize to Win, eager for Carla’s signature pearls of leadership wisdom. As usual, she delivers a powerful message. Strategize to Win is the essential career handbook every young person needs starting out, and everyone else will benefit from reading regardless of age or stage of life. Carla’s advice is as practical as it is precise; it’s down to earth and authentic, clearly from the pen of someone who has walked the walk. You’ll find something in this book to use every day.” — Gloria Feldt, Co-founder and President of Take The Lead and author of No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power

“Carla Harris has provided an indispensable guide to finding the career that’s right for you and strategizing your way to the top. Chock full of case studies and practical advice, it’s an essential tool for professionals at any stage of their careers.” — Dorie Clark, author of Reinventing You

Title: EXPECT TO WIN: Proven Strategies for Success from a Wall Street Vet
Author: Carla A. Harris
Publisher: Hudson Street Press
Pub month: February 2009
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 1-59463-051-4



Praise for EXPECT TO WIN

“EXPECT TO WIN is a book born of deep experience, hard-won insight and abiding faith — a guide for the purpose-driven and perplexed alike. I can’t think of a book better suited to helping chart a sure path to success. If you are seeking professional instruction or personal inspiration, take my advice: put this book at the top of your reading list.” — Richard D. Parsons, Chairman of the Board, Time Warner

“Carla’s practical, up-front, realistic perspective on becoming victorious in an ultra-competitive world is the ‘key’ to so many locks. Her insights are personable, powerful, and valuable.” — Terrie Williams, coauthor of The Personal Touch: What You Really Need to Succeed in Today’s Fast-paced Business World

In this time of economic and job insecurity, people need to make their mark and prove that they are essential and indispensable to their company. According to Carla A. Harris, a twenty year veteran of Wall Street, knowledge and diligence simply aren’t enough to successfully climb the corporate ladder in today’s competitive work environment. In her new book, EXPECT TO WIN: Proven Strategies for Success from a Wall Street Vet (Hudson Street Press, February 2009, $24.95), Carla looks closely at her own ascent to the top and offers strategies that will ensure career advancement and success in any industry.

During her twenty-year career on Wall Street, Harris she’s executed the IPO’s for UPS, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and Redback, as well as the $3.2 billion common stock transaction for Immunex, one of the largest biotechnology offerings in United States History. While climbing the competitive corporate ladder, Harris sought guidance from her mentors and superiors, but found some of their career advice too general. As her own career advanced, Harris built her “key survival tools” or “pearls,” and vowed when she reached upper management and people looked to her for advice, she would provide them with what they needed to do to fulfill their true career potential.

EXPECT TO WIN is Harris’s playbook for success, made accessible for anyone looking to make a mark in their given field. She offers advice in an easy-to-read format using “Carla’s Pearls.” Her proven strategies of success include:

  • You Are the Captain of Your Career: The 90 Day Rule
  • Leveraging Your Voice: Articulate Your Views and Expectations
  • Power in the Network: Competitive Advantage
  • Expect to Win: Show Up With Your Best Self Every Day

A must-read for anyone seeking the tools and skills needed to make it a competitive environment, EXPECT TO WIN offers simple and straightforward advice based on real-life business situations and will aid readers in navigating the day-to-day complexities and challenges of the workplace.

CARLA A. HARRIS is currently a managing director for Morgan Stanley and has spent over seventeen years of her career in capital markets. She has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including Black Enterprise’s “75 Most Powerful Women in Business” (2006), Black Enterprise’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” (2006), Fortune’s “The Most Influential List” (2005), Ebony Magazine’s “15 Corporate Women at the Top” (2004), Essence Magazine’s list of “The 50 Women Who Are Shaping the World” (2003), and Fortune’s list of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in America” (2002). She lives in New Jersey.

EXPECT TO WIN: Proven Strategies for Success from a Wall Street Vet by Carla A. Harris
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