Why women leaders need both "masculine" and "feminine" traits

01/17/2013 | Harvard Business Review online

Women may have to develop "masculine" traits such as decisiveness and determination as they work their way up the corporate ladder, but research has found that the women they oversee still expect them to display "feminine" traits such as sensitivity and empathy once they reach the top. "Women executives might try an approach that combines both feminine and masculine characteristics that include sensitivity, cooperation, accessibility, decision-making, analysis, and persuasiveness," writes Karen Firestone of Aureus Asset Management.

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