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UPDATED: Imagine an article posing questions like “do men and women lead and use power differently? To 13 prominent women who have been there and done that when it comes to the glass ceiling. Here it is.

Sorry.. I had the wrong link yesterday… but I really do love this article!
and would love to see an Australian version too. The big questions such
as do women have to make more sacrifices then men, do men and women
lead differently, why is there still so much tension between men and
women at work are all here, with great answers from a bunch of truly
inspiring women.

Some highlights (for me – share yours, and your own answers in the comments below):

It’s dangerous to generalize, but there
are differences between men and women in management style – not in
skills but in style…Men hunt, women gather… I believe that “gathering”
is at the crux of how women view and use power differently from men.
I’ve had lots of experience with business negotiations – an activity not
unlike hunting, since it’s fraught with conflict and casualties. Men
have tended to demonstrate a “go for the kill” mentality. They try to
get as much as possible through pressure, intimidation, and the sheer
desire to defeat at any cost whoever is sitting across the table from
them. Women have tended to prefer searching for common interests,
solving problems, and collaborating to find win-win outcomes.” – 
Sharon Patrick, President and COO of Martha Stewart Living and a previous McKinsey and Co. Partner

“Don’t mourn, organize! When progress for women at C&L
wasn’t happening as quickly as many of us would have liked, the women
partners banded together and created their own annual meeting. Then they
invited the firm’s top executives to listen to their concerns, to
discuss issues, and to work on solutions. Nick Moore, our chairman and a
long-time champion of women at the firm, made real commitments to
breaking the glass ceiling – commitments that he backed up with action.
The women did not ask for “help.” They commanded attention – and got it.
One of the results of those meetings was the C&L 100, a formal
mentoring program that I was asked to join. It has helped me enormously.
My male mentor was vital in helping me navigate difficult career waters
– and I can thank this program for my recent promotion.”
  – Katherine D’Urso, Director of Marketing, Field Operations at Cooper & Lybrand

“While girls learn to be good, boys play at being great. And
men build their companies the way they used to build their forts – as
clubs of exclusion.”
  – Harriet Ruin, Founder and Editor at Large Doubleday/Currency

“Is my leadership style different from a man’s? That’s a
tough question for me to answer – so I asked my management team for
their thoughts. That simple act, they told me, pretty much answered the
question. They agree that my emphasis on group communication, on
soliciting their ideas and opinions, is a major characteristic of my
management style. They also say it’s why they think I’m a good leader.
Is this a distinctly “female” trait? The members of my team – all of
them male – seem to think so. Does it work? I suppose it does. Indeed, I
will be brash enough to suggest that the culture of NFL Properties has
changed under my leadership – and changed for the better. Now the
emphasis is on sharing ideas, communicating them throughout the company,
and reaching common goals. At NFL Properties, when we win, we win as a
  – Sara Levinson, President, NFL Properties

Do these observations ring true for you? Do men and women lead differently? 


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