There are lots of articles discussing the strides Americans have made toward reaching equality of the sexes. Statistics referencing the rise of women into executive positions are often cited when judging our progress.
Based on statistics, I’d say we’re headed in the right direction. We haven’t achieved equality yet, but we’re trending in the right direction.
However, there is a more subtle trend that concerns me…
How many of the women leading Corporate America are more masculine than their male counterparts?
Have you noticed?
One of the principals in our company is a woman. She is in her late 40’s and has clearly succeeded in a male dominated field. Of our 7 owners she is also:
- The worst opponent to part-time flexibility.
- Only one who brags about coming to work with her 2 week old baby in the corner because of a project deadline.
- Incredibly critical of any assertive female coming up through the ranks.
- The most likely owner to fire someone, and
- The owner most likely to make her direct reports work overtime.
What do you think? Do you think women have to be tougher than their male peers in order to be successful? Do you have any examples from your experience?