Chapter 6

Gender and Leadership

There is no either/or between being competitive and collaborative. You have to be both and decide which in each situation.

—Cathie Black, Former Chairman and President, Hearst Magazines

The first thing that should be understood when we talk about gender is that it is a social construct, just as is ethnicity or cultural difference. Gender is different from biological sex. It is a social patterning that has been created over time and has been passed down from generation to generation within a culture. It is a learned behavior that we enact each day to “create” our gendered selves. We do so through our clothing and accessory choices, our mannerisms, our vocal qualities, the way we walk and talk, and the things we ...

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