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If You Want to be a Leader--Quit talking about your Freaking Grandkids!

I saw a href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17345308/”this article /aon MSN about men’s attitudes at work and how people are skeptical of female leaders. Naturally the article points out that women have the aptitude to be a leader but they are being held back because of their female status. Okay, maybe yes, maybe no. But the article points out that if Hillary Clinton wants to make it as president, she better take a look at their survey:br /br /blockquoteWhile Clinton hopes to smash through the ultimate glass ceiling to become the nation’s first female president, the Work Power Survey conducted by Elle and MSNBC.com suggests that stereotypes about sex and leadership are alive and well….br /br /One cannot live in a sexist society without absorbing some of those messages, which make women feel worse about themselves and suspicious of other women,” said Janet Lever, a professor of sociology at California State University in Los Angeles, who helped conceive the survey. “The enemy is omnipresent cultural messages, not women themselves.”br /br /There are long-established attributes that are assigned to men and women, says Madeline E. Heilman, an expert on workplace sex bias and professor of psychology at New York University. Women take care of others and nurture, while men are seen as taking charge and being assertive. The problem is, she says, when we map these attributes onto the workplace the male attributes are much more sought after.br /br /“I call this the lack of fit,” she explains, because the perceived attributes of women don’t fit the leadership mold. “When women succeed in areas they’re not supposed to they are disapproved of greatly, by everyone, men and women.”br /br /Kolb doesn’t think people’s negative attitudes about women have anything to do with their abilities. She points to many surveys that show women are on par with men when it comes to leadership attributes. Unfortunately, she adds, in most surveys, including ours, women are not seen as having the same leadership potential as men./blockquotebr /br /If you don’t want to be sterotyped in a traditional female role, then stop talking about yourself as being qualified for leadership positions embecause/em of your stereotypical female role! Newsflash: If you want to be taken seriously as a leader, then quit talking about how nurturing you are, how caring, a href=”http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/482085p-405638c.html”how we need a “mom/a” for president and a href=”http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/10/20/60minutes/main2111089_page3.shtml”your darn grandkids./a Seriously, does John McCain or any other presidential candidate run at the mouth about being a granddad, as if this is the main qualification he has for the job of politician? Of course not. Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton would do well for all women leaders if they would talk about why they are qualified to carry out the duties of Speaker of the House or President. The world’s full of moms and grandmoms — and dads and granddads — who aren’t qualified for high office. To be a leader, you must talk like a leader, whether you are male or female.