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Breaking Through “Bitch” by Annie McKee, Carol Vallone Mitchell

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CHAPTER 1What’s Sex Got to Do With It: The Impact of Stereotypes

Don’t all good leaders have similar qualities that make them effective? Haven’t we had the conversation about the different styles of leadership and when best to use them? Why would there be a difference in how great male and female leaders lead? What’s sex got to do with it? Well, when female leaders who exhibit traditional male behaviors, are labeled “bitch,” the answer is “a lot.”

Leadership Is Masculine

When we think of leaders, many of the images we conjure up are distinctly male. We have familiar phrases that reinforce the maleness of power and leadership: manpower, the thinking man, fraternal order of police, statesman, forefathers, talking man-to-man, being man enough. The ...

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