Many of us unconsciously believe that women in leadership roles should be like men – whether we will admit this or not. When looking to hire women for leadership positions, the conclusion for those in the public or private sector (whether driven by our own gut instincts or by social psychological research) is that to be perceived as competent, women in authority have to be assertive, perhaps even ruthless in their decisions, and autocratic in their style. Otherwise no one will listen.
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Dr. Shoba Sreenivasan and Dr. Linda E. Weinberger are psychology professors at the Keck School of Medicine at USC. Their new book is called Psychological Nutrition. Learn more at www.psychologicalnutrition.com.