Why it's OK for female leaders to show their soft side

06/15/2010 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Women don't need to act like men to get ahead in business, says Niki Leondakis, chief operating officer of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. It's easy for female leaders to feel they have to telegraph their toughness, Leondakis says, but in fact it can be more effective for them to show compassion and play up their people skills. "You can still do what you have to do, but you don't have to be a jerk about it," she says.

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