What unique challenges do women leaders face, and how can we overcome these? Is it better to simply emulate masculine traits, or subvert society’s expectations? We discuss our own journeys towards learning how to be better leaders. Trigger warning for this episode - there is some mention of sexual assault.
Here is the list of articles we (claim to have) read and media we discussed during this episode. You never know how terrible you sound saying #topical until you hear yourself recorded saying #topical.
All articles were last accessed on 29/5/16 unless otherwise stated. If you have been upset by anything in this episode, get in touch with family or friends, or your local hotline.
Articles we (may have) read before this episode:
- “French former ministers launch attack on sexism in politics.” Kim Willsher (15/5/16), The Guardian.
- “‘We can no longer stay silent’: fury erupts over sexism in French politics.” Angelique Chrisafis (14/5/16), The Guardian.
- “Bernie Sanders isn’t a woman, but is he a better feminist than Hillary Clinton?” Cynthia Weber (13/2/16), The Conversation
- Grunspan, Daniel, et al. “Males Under-Estimate Academic Performance of Their Female Peers in Undergraduate Biology Classrooms.” PLOS ONE, 2016; 11 (2)
- “IBM pulls #HackAHairDryer campaign admitting it ‘missed the mark’” Elena Cresci (8/12/15), The Guardian.
- “The Motherhood Penalty vs. the Fatherhood Bonus” Claire Miller (6/9/14), The New York Times.
- “Why the Empathetic Leader Is the Best Leader” Toby Noton (21/8/14), Success.com
- Stulp, Gert, et al. “Tall claims? Sense and nonsense about the importance of height of US presidents.” The Leadership Quarterly 24.1 (2013): 159-171.
Note that our comment about height of presidential candidates appears to be inaccurate - there is no statistically significant link between being the taller candidate and winning the actual election. Taller presidents were more likely to win re-election, and presidential candidates overall were taller than their birth cohort.
- “PM’s youthful look attacked.” Eloise Gibbon (17/9/2008), NZ Herald.
This one was chosen over other… ah… less kind articles. You can search for those yourself, if you’re curious.
- “The Set-Up to Fail Syndrome” Jean-François Manzoni and Jean-Louis Barsoux (1998), Harvard Business Review.
We did not read these articles before the episode was recorded but we’ve read them since and we like them:
- “Why I’m Supporting Clinton, and I hope the San Francisco Bay Area Does Too” Faruk Ates (7/6/16), Medium.com
Things (possibly of interest) we recommend:
The “Ban Bossy” campaign isn’t something we know a lot about and so we can’t say whether we wholeheartedly support it. But we like this video.