“Women, unlike men, are rarely perceived to be both competent and likable.”
Today’s RANT dives deep into the likability dilemma for women leaders or boss ladies, competence vs liability, a topic very much inspired by a recent TED talk I listened to, as well as some real-world case studies and recent event experiences from the world of AV event productions.
You can fill a room with studies on leadership that hail the importance of being a likable, honest, caring, and modest boss, but the truth is, as much as we talk about it, in the marketplace, that’s not what people want most. When people have a chance to choose whom to work with, and their own success depends in part on those people, a new study finds that cold competence becomes more important and likability less so.
When money is on the line, in other words, most people would rather work for a very competent jerk than a nice but less competent boss.
Tune into this brand new RANT to find out where I fall on this debate continuum and if you agree with me, or disagree.
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