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Through the Labyrinth

June 7, 2013

“In everyday behavior on the job, women encounter
more obstacles to their leadership and authority than
men do. Women who are too assertive, competitive, or
even competent can at times threaten others, who then
resist female influence and leadership. This resistance
to their leadership can lower evaluations of women’s
personalities and skills, obscure women’s contributions
to group tasks, undermine their performance, and even
subject them to sexual harassment. At the same time,
women can be criticized for being too nice. Men, unlike
women, do not bear the burden of having to be especially
likable to be influential or to be accepted as leaders, nor
do they have to establish themselves as clearly superior in
ability.” –Alice H. Eagly and Linda L. Carli, Through the Labyrinth: The Truth About
How Women Become Leaders p117


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