Assertive men = leader and confident. Assertive women = bossy or bitchy. How can women communicate effectively?
You'll see this thread a lot as the 2016 election picks up. The female candidates will be painted as "cold," "unapproachable," "bitchy" or any number of other unfair attributes while the men march around debate stages declaring that their going to build a huge wall around the country or they're on a mission to convert everyone to one faith.
How can all women find a balance between being a "bitch" and being too passive to be a good boss? This article in the Huffington Post has some great tips!
I found myself inspired by the artful writing of the episode "5 to 9" in the 6th season of House. It was an excellent episode about the pressure of being a female leader. It focused entirely on a day in the life of Dean of Medicine Lisa Cuddy. She balances pressure and stress at work, a family, a boyfriend, and that crazy, cranky doctor that we all know and love. If you haven't seen the episode, or haven't seen it in a while, watch it on Netflix this weekend and give a salute to all of the hardworking women of this world.
Now, this is a superwoman! A Bangladesh woman is helping to improve the lives of thousands and trying to ensure free education for girls in her country. You go, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina!
Most of the women who take on leadership positions get accused of being the dreaded B-word. This article dissects how women can be effective leaders, without falling into the B-category. I'm not sure that consciously tempering your leadership style to be more feminine is really "empowering" but if you're just being a woman in a leadership position, then so be it.
What a great idea! The American Farm Bureau Federation put together a Women's Communications Boot Camp for some of the farming industry's female leaders. Wish they did this for the non-profit world, and our government leaders!
I would like all young women to please read and take note of the leadership traits necessary to be a Navy SEAL, according to a retired SEAL. Currently, the SEALS allow no women in their ranks. This is 2015, and that particular branch of the military needs to change. Please read, take notes, and get ready to change this very archaic rule!
I write about power dynamics in relationships, the empowerment of women, and the ethical and moral dilemmas love can create in our lives. This is a space where I meditate on those themes and share them with the word. Who knows, my next novel may start right here...