The Stories Behind "The Mary Kay Way"

03-30-2017 11:01 AM

Editor’s note: Mary Kay Ash loved to read. So, in honor of National Reading Month and Women’s History Month, The Mary Kay Foundation blog shared some of her thoughts on why everyone should read to succeed in business. http://bit.ly/2nlYPvV

Throughout her successful career in direct sales, Mary Kay Ash, not surprisingly, read a lot of sales and motivational books. In 1984, she published the original version of The Mary Kay Way. It quickly became a legendary guide to the leadership wisdom of Mary Kay Ash. Based on her business philosophy, the book has been extensively quoted and taught in both graduate and undergraduate universities. The Mary Kay Way includes the same principles that built a global success with updates for the modern business environment and today's entrepreneurs. For entrepreneurs, The Mary Kay Way offers unlimited inspiration. For anyone at all who wants to succeed in business, The Mary Kay Way presents real, effective, proven success principles that are equally effective in life.


It was Mary Kay's goal in 1963 to build a company that was guided by the Golden Rule and dedicated to giving women unlimited opportunities for success. She considered caring and kindness to be the building blocks of a highly motivated workforce, and with more than 50 years of success, Mary Kay Inc. has proven her right.

Packed with timeless and proven principles, The Mary Kay Way is a Wall Street Journal bestseller, that has been published in more than a dozen languages. Although I’ve read this book several times, I keep a copy near my desk and refer to it often. I have personally found that the leadership principles that it contains truly are timeless, and they continue to be more relevant than ever today. While virtual reality and artificial intelligence play an increasingly bigger role in our business and personal lives, The Mary Kay Way reminds us that there is nothing more powerful than a person-to-person connection.

Business leaders around the world have praised The Mary Kay Way for its wisdom:

"One of the most inspiring, entrepreneurial leaders, Mary Kay always understood the importance of people and the value they can bring to an organization."
- J.W. Marriott, Jr., Chairman and CEO, Marriott International, Inc.

"Mary Kay knew that when you put people first and then surround them with processes and disciplines that recognize their efforts, performance will soar."
- David C. Novak, Chairman and CEO, Yum! Brands, Inc.
(KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Long John Silver's, A&W)

At our upcoming networking breakfast, A Legacy of Leadership, on April 10 in Frisco, Texas, you will have the opportunity to hear from the Director of the Mary Kay Museum, Jennifer Cook. Jennifer will share behind-the-scenes stories that ultimately became The Mary Kay Way. Purchase your tickets at http://bit.ly/2oCNBD4. We'll see you on the 10th!

Today’s blog post is from Mary Kay Chief Marketing Officer Sheryl Adkins-Green. Sheryl leads Mary Kay Inc.'s global marketing strategy, brand positioning, new product development, advertising, digital marketing, social media, product education, and customer insights to drive long-term growth and to support millions of Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants around the world. Follow Sheryl on Twitter and Instagram @SherryAG.