Climbing the Spiral Staircase is focused on advice to women executives, who want to advance in their career, and desire an opportunity to join in the C Suite and on Boards of Directors. These may be women in the corporate world, or scientists that have not thought of themselves as executives yet. Certainly, a pharmaceutical or biotech company has multiple need for women in upper levels of management. Meyer gives practical advice and penetrating analysis of gender issues that are rarely acknowledged in self-help books. Her premise is that once we accept that gender makes for a different trajectory in women’s careers, we can begin to plan for it, and use the bias to succeed. Meyer comes from a heritage of South African white women and views her experience as a pioneer, chartering new territory. She sees leadership as a way of living.