The Eldest Daughter Effect

How firstborn women – like Oprah Winfrey, Sheryl Sandberg, JK Rowling and Beyoncé – harness their strengths

Women leaders all over the world turn out to be eldest daughters, and this is not a coincidence. Their success can largely be explained by their big sister position within the family. Firstborn women usually develop typical traits such as a deep sense of responsibility, duty and caring. The Eldest Daughter Effect, co-authored with journalist Wies Enthoven, describes the big five characteristics most firstborn women share – and how these determine the life of an eldest daughter in early childhood, friendship, work, love and motherhood.

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Once we alight the trains of thoughts that keep us locked on the same trajectory, we can live as the light that we are. That is the premise of this booklet about lightening up. The invitation in Alight is to become light-footed by facing the threat that we ward off by getting stuck on the dots behind ‘What if …’. The proposal is to become light-headed by opening up to the present through letting go of stories that keep us sealed in a past long gone. The idea is to become light-hearted by turning our stern inner critic into a staunch ally.
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