If You Want to Be Boss Lady, Act Like a Woman, Think Like a Man
Technology Editor, CNBC.com
For all ladies trying to climb that corporate ladder, turns out if you wanna be at the top, it's better to act more docile than too aggressive, at least according to a new study.
I know, I know, I can hear all the feminists crying ludicrousness already, but it seems men still can't handle a self-confident, assertive, dominant woman in the workplace, at least not when it comes promotion time.
According to a study by the British Psychological Society, women who show traits of successful managers are often viewed as "less socially skilled, less likeable and less likely to be promoted," and are more prone to being viewed in a negative light because they do not behave in a, ahem, "traditionally feminine way." The study calls this, the "backlash" effect.
So what's a badass babe to do? Be slightly manipulative of course! Okay, not exactly, but sort of.
According to the study "One promising solution may be found in individuals’ abilities to accurately assess social situations and to project situationally appropriate responses, known as self-monitoring."
That's right ladies, learn how to "project" yourself in a way that doesn't make all the mens uncomfortable.
In other words, make sure your male counterparts are too distracted by your feminine wiles and busy basking in your womanly charm that they aren't privy to the fact you're gunning for their corner office with that sweet view.
In short, I think Margaret Thatcher said it best, "Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."
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