fbpx
01727 850668

The ‘likeability paradox’ – why is it so difficult for female leaders to be both liked and respected?15 Jan 2021

When we are asked to think of words that would usually be associated with Leadership and Management, the list will often include: strong, powerful, decisive, determined, assertive, aggressive, forceful, competitive, visionary, inspiring, winner, brave and so on.

What about words describing male characteristics? Strong, decisive, determined, assertive, aggressive, competitive, winner, brave, bold?

The paradigms of an historically male dominated world will of course have ingrained concepts of leadership that are to do with power, risk taking and strength. The huge correlation between traditionally male traits and leadership traits is therefore to be expected.

Now think of words for female characteristics – typically – gentle, nurturing, caring, collaborative, kind, accommodating, empathic, and supportive?

You’ll be able to see from these few lines the reasons why it is hard for woman in management and leadership roles to be both liked and respected

We explore this is a lot more detail in our latest article in “Indian Management”, which you can read here:

Indian Management – Likeability Jan 21

 

Presenting - why you need to give it more time and attention!

The ‘likeability paradox’ – why is it so difficult for female leaders to be both liked and respected?

Latest Blogs

Strong OR Compassionate – the binary choice for leadership?

Strong OR Compassionate – the binary choice for leadership?

“One of the criticisms I’ve faced over the years is that I’m not aggressive or assertive...

10 Jun 2021
Zoom meetings – give everyone a chance to speak!

Zoom meetings – give everyone a chance to speak!

If you find yourself chairing a meeting of any sort – company wide updates, weekly team...

4 May 2021