Bring Back Bossy

HP contributor Sarah Greek makes a case for the silliness of the “Ban Bossy” campaign, and the importance of the word in thinking about inspiring young women to leadership:

“But is the behavior described by the word bossy really the skill set of an executive? A solid work ethic, savvy with assets, the ability to motivate people, a calm head under pressure, the ability to set goals and follow through, strong decision-making skills – it is traits like these that have always been necessary in leaders.

A bossy person is frequently lazy – pushing their own work onto other people, easily angered, predictably selfish, and always demotivating. While bossy tendencies in children can and should be guided into productive energy, perhaps the only one authorized to demonstrate this level of optimism is a mother.”

http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/16771/

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