Bossy vs Leadership

Lately there has been much talk about calling girls “bossy” when they take initiative and try to take a leadership role. In an article on Huffington Post, there is an interesting article called “Why Girls Get Called Bossy, and How to Avoid It.”

The author, Adam Grant, goes on to talk about Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of Lean In, and her influence of the “Ban Bossy” campaign. He also brings about the idea of how the aspects of power and status are lumped together. He says we react differently when power is excercies by high-status and low-status people. He goes on to say that women get called bossy often because they are trying to exercise power without status. He says we need to teach girls to engage in behaviors that earn admiration before asserting authority.

Read the full article.

~ Jody Victor