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Patience Mpofu
Unleashing My Superpowers: How to Navigate and Succeed in a Male-Dominated Mining Work Environment (STEM)

Adult; Memoir; (Publish)

Have you ever wondered, “What does it take for women to succeed in a male-dominated workplace like mining?" Or are you a woman in STEM, struggling to navigate the male-dominated work environment? Imagine what life would be like if you had a manual with strategies to help you navigate the challenges of trying to succeed in a male-dominated work environment. Look no further! Multi-award-renowned global mining sustainability thought leader and IWF Fellow Dr. Patience Mpofu, reveals for the first time in her soon to be published book, Unleashing My Superpowers, how to break free from cultural biases, overcome imposter syndrome and unleash your superpowers to succeed. Unleashing My Superpowers is a compelling and inspirational memoir filled with profound stories, wisdom, and lessons learned over 25 years about succeeding in the tough, male-dominated mining industry. Inside, you will discover: •\tHow your upbringing can be reshaped by powerful paradigm shifts as a leader •\tStep-by-step exercises to identify and overcome invisible barriers •\tInspirational leadership stories from various mining locations across the globe, including South Africa, Australia, Chile, and Brazil •\tHow to rebound, overcome fears of imposter syndrome, develop resilience, identify your superpowers, and find fulfillment in your career •\tWhy having more female role models can help you succeed in male-dominated workplaces •\tWhy now is the perfect time to “lean in” for opportunities due to ESG requirements •\tThe secret to getting promoted with the powerful Peak Performance Leadership Model for the 21st century •\tBonuses and challenges at the end of each chapter to help you get started immediately Unleashing My Superpowers will forever change the way you think about your ability to succeed in male-dominated industries. This is an inspirational must-read as we all ask what is our why? Highly commendable read on gender equality and leadership, especially in male-dominated STEM related industries. —Professor Shirley Zinn, Independent Non-Executive Director & Executive Director at the Boston Consulting Group SA. South Africa If you have ever felt stuck as a woman in STEM or the mining industry and you don’t know how to navigate the complex male-dominated workplace, then this is a must read! —Heike Truol, Non-Executive Director Clarkson plc and former Executive Head Anglo American plc. UK
“There was a time when I underplayed my intelligence,” Mpofu writes in this inspiring debut, a hybrid of memoir and practical guidebook. “I wanted to accommodate male egos, literally making myself appear ignorant.” The story of how she learned to “stop being apologetic” about her talents, shake off Impostor Syndrome, and claim her place in an industry run by men proves to be, as the title suggests, something like the origin of a superhero: it’s powered by themes of grit and persistence, principle and belief, power and responsibility. “As leaders, we have a responsibility to unleash our superpowers and help others do the same,” she notes, as she recounts harrowing stories of encountering bias and sexism in the workplace—and also uplifting stories of achieving (and helping others achieve) success anyway.

That mission both serves as a through line for the memoir’s narrative and explains why Mpofu, the vice president of an Australian mining company and a leader in mining sustainability movements, writes it (as well as its occasional poems, like “Gratitude” and “The Glass Cushion”) with such urgency. “Power and strength behaviours demonstrated by the patriarchy and masculinity are not required traits for leadership in the 21st century,” she declares. Instead, she calls for leadership stamped by inclusivity, truthfulness, and a dedication to the creation of shared value; for women in business and STEM professions to serve as role models for each other; and for women to “own” their success.

Practical exercises at the end of chapters offer readers direction in reflecting on the lessons Mpofu has learned and applying them to their own lives and careers. Still, Unleashing My Superpowers ultimately proves more memoir than leadership manual, as Mpofu, a frank and engaging storyteller, recounts her rise, challenges she’s faced, and even digs into her ancestry and family history.

Takeaway: An inviting account of a business woman’s rise to success and embrace of her power.

Great for fans of: Rache Hollis’s Girl, Stop Apologizing, Carolina Criado Perez’s Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: B
Illustrations: B+
Editing: B+
Marketing copy: A