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Today's Big Idea: Wise Leadership

The Big Idea for Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Talk about gendered differences in leadership style – which may or may not exist to any significant degree – obscures the more valuable goal of determining through sober analysis and study of history which leadership styles and strategies work best in different circumstances. 

One thing that's clear to experts in negotiation – a forum in which leadership skills are severely and uniquely tested – is that a collaborative approach in which each side looks out for its interests while fully understanding those of the other partner works out much, much better for everybody than a zero-sum game. 

Instead of focusing on identifying elusive masculine or feminine leadership tendencies, we should be paying attention to what works, and disabusing ourselves of any misguided notions about "being in charge" that distract from that purpose. 

 

 

Perspectives

  1. 1 Wise Leadership Isn't a Gender Issue
    Jason Gots Women and Power
  2. 2 Negotiation Tips from a Hostage Negotiator
    Andrea Chalupa Purpose, Inc.
  3. 3 Lehman Sisters Wouldn't Have Failed
    John Cookson Women and Power
  4. 4 Gender, Education, and the Gender Gap: Blame It On the Kids?
    Maria Konnikova Artful Choice
 

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