When we talk about a leader in the workplace, the image that comes to most people's minds is a man--not a woman.
That's according to a recent New York Times article by Lisa Belkin,
which highlights a variety of research on women and leadership,
including a recent report by Catalyst, a group that studies women in the workplace. Dubbed “Damned if You Do, Doomed
if You Don’t,” the report polled 1,231 senior executives from the United
States and Europe:
It found that women who act in ways that are consistent with gender
stereotypes — defined as focusing “on work relationships” and
expressing “concern for other people’s perspectives” — are considered
less competent. But if they act in ways that are seen as more “male” —
like “act assertively, focus on work task, display ambition” — they are
seen as “too tough” and “unfeminine.” Women can’t win.
Women face major obstacles, it's true, but I disagree on the last point. Women can win more positions of leadership in the
workplace, and for many reasons, they need to. They just need a little