Posted by: thomashaymescnu | November 4, 2012

So far in class, we’ve talked about all the difficulties for a women to work her way up to a leadership position. She is faced with differences in style, a lack of precedence, and the general 50’s mindset. But when I interviewed Adelia Thompson, CNU’s VP of development, for my upcoming leadership paper, I made note of something fascinating: she had a relatively easier time getting to where she is than most working woman. She had only a few instances of disagreements with subordinates, but over differences in beliefs, not gender. This is completely in paradox to what I have learned in class. She admits that her leadership style could be seen as standard for woman in leadership, but she is proud of it. The overall point is this: could this be a rare exception to the rule about women and leadership? Or is it based on stereotypes and wrong interpretations?

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  1. Those are really good questions that I have actually asked myself as well in previous moments I had talked to women. To be honest, some women just have a way of being present and take of advantage of the right moment at the right time. I feel like what we have learned and talked about mostly applies to maybe half of the women in leadership positions but the other half is not within that gender discrimination or even know about it. There is this mentality of neutrality lately that I had no idea existed. The first women I interviewed for my first paper had a very neutral point of view and did not see the world at all like we had looked at it in class. But then again I could be wrong about what I have just stated but I feel as though it’s true because it is what I have observed. However, this could be me generalizing as well…

  2. Those are good questions! I agree with you in the fact that I seem to find contradictions between the experiences of those around me combined with mine and what we’ve been learning in class. We talk about how hard it is for women in masculine fields, but from my experiences thus far, the math world is begging for women and is willing to do almost anything to bring in more. I’ve also seen from working at the Census that there are countless women in high positions. While the director is not currently a woman, there have been multiple women at the very top of this organization before as well as on the 8th floor (where the most important people sit). Because of this, I’m constantly skeptical of the things people say about women in masculine fields, and thus why I’m really excited for my interview with a Census woman tomorrow.


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