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For a more thorough explanation, check out this article by Mashable.com: http://mashable.com/2013/03/14/women-leaders-tech-criticism/?goback=%2Egde_4409416_member_223465958
Personally, I'm befuddled by this topic. There's nary a blink-of-an-eye when men climb over each other to get to the next rung on the ladder of success. Men wouldn't dream of talking about how to be a "brother-friend" and "lifting each other up." It's instead an "every man for himself" mentality that has a very long and well-established history in the business arena.
So why are we asking women in (or aspire to be in) executive positions to behave or react any differently than their male counterparts?
Regardless of the gender doing the speaking up, leaning in, or climbing over, there are benefits and consequences with which to deal as a result of being a leader. Young professionals to be mentored. Strategies to grow the company. Connections to be made. Opportunities to be provided.
Anyone who is passionate about moving his or her career forward must be uber-confident in their abilities, courage to speak their truth, have skin thick enough to endure the slings and arrows of critics, have rock-solid integrity to be guided by, and be absolutely fearless in the pursuit.
QUESTION: What's your stand on this topic?
(c)2013 Robyn M. Posson