Being called bossy is NOT what is keeping young women from leaning into the corporate ladder. Rather it is a male biased culture that continues with its narrow view of a woman’s value that drives young female talent out and increasingly into their own companies where they get to be everything from the bossy boss to the servant leader. Some women have made very successful careers figuring out how to fit in and lean in with the fellas. Growing numbers of young women and older ones too are tired of squeezing themselves into systems they did not create which do not reflect their vision or their values.
I was called bossy in writing starting in kindergarten and while I thought it was naughty when I was 5 years old it did not stop me from becoming a recognized leader in my own business and as a leader of business women across America. For the majority of women who never get to the top rungs of that ladder you want us to lean into the words boss or bossy can have pretty negative connotations. Rather than running a #banbossy campaign to drop a “Y” from a word let’s join together to create feminine biased companies, organizations and language that recognizes the value and values of working women everywhere at all rungs of the ladder. At this point in our evolution being called bossy or bitchy shouldn’t stop us from leading. We know who we are and women are stronger and smarter than that!
Read more about the “B” word from Nell Merlino on the Huffington Post here!