Tag Archives: gender

Gina Barreca:”If you lean in, will men just look down your blouse?”

Gina Barreca, columnist, essayist and UConn prof, is one of my heroes — funny, wise, and very, very smart. So, today, let’s celebrate the March 2016 publication of her latest book, If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse? From the title essay, a laugh about lean-in leadership: “I sure do appreciate […]

A Bow to the Leadership Goddess: the AAUW on the “Athena Doctrine”

The AAUW leadership blog offered a compelling profile of a new publication honoring an ancient story — the Athena Doctrine, a tip of the hat to women’s particular wisdom in contemporary culture and organizations. I’ve written extensively about the Bathsheba Syndrome, a warning to leaders tempted by false security and arrogance. But here, we have […]

Leadership and Veterans: As Women Join the Ranks, New Challenges, New Leaders

“What did you do in the war, Mommy?” shouted the headline from yesterday’s Parade Magazine. According to Barry Yeoman, who profiled two female vets from Iraq and Afghanistan, “the real battle begins after¬†they come home.” But, as the women profiled explained, there were plenty of difficulties establishing themselves as leaders in a sexist, dismissive masculine […]

Apology Accepted? Is it helpful for leaders to apologize for things beyond their control?

I know it seems counter-intuitive. Why apologize for things we can’t control — the weather, a death,¬† the economy, or some breakdown in the system that no one could have anticipated, much less prevented!? Because it increases trust, according to Alison Wood Brooks of Harvard Business School. And that’s interesting, isn’t it? We often talk […]

Declaration and Call to Action on Women and Leadership (ILA)

From the ILA Global Women and Leadership Conference, this new report, a Declaration and Call to Action on Women and Leadership: “Overwhelming evidence confirms that gender inequality exists in many different areas, and that women are not encouraged to think of themselves as leaders. This limiting environment begins in childhood and continues through adulthood. Girls […]