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THE GREAT WOMEN THEORY OF LEADERSHIP?

Perils of Positive Stereotypes and Precarious Pedestals

Todd L. Pittinsky, Laura M. Bacon, Brian Welle

Increasingly, motherhood is being recognized as an excellent school for managers, demanding many of the same skills. . . .

What business [leadership] needs now is exactly what women are able to provide, and at the very time when women are surging into the work force.1

—Sally Helgesen

These quotations from Sally Helgesen's popular book on women and leadership, The Female Advantage: Women's Ways of Leadership, illustrate an increasingly common discourse on leadership that posits some interesting points: current leadership is lacking a sincere, nurturing, relational, communal, collaborative component; women ...

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