Posted by: daniellebenedictcnu | August 27, 2016

Danielle’s Intro

The last week, I couldn’t help but think of leadership from an individualistic perspective. I am a woman and I consider myself to be a leader, but does that mean I have to subscribe to what we as a class decide is the definition of a strong, woman leader? I will admit my personal leadership style may be flawed however it is still how I operate. What I am trying to say is I would rather be perceived as a leader than a woman leader for the fact that I am a human being in a leadership role.

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  1. This is a good point. I agree that I also don’t see my leadership status in the eyes of gender differences. As an individual leader I try to see what my strength and weaknesses are as a leader not as a woman. I do believe there are differences in which we as women embody that is different to men, which is actually a strength and not a weakness. So I am excited to discover what this form of leadership looks like in the context of gender.

  2. I definitely see your point here. This is a common trend in our society. For example,Hillary Clinton, is the first women presidential nominee. Her sex is the first thing people associate with her leadership. it is stated in her title- first women presidential nominee. I do not know if it is possible for our society to de-gender leadership. We are biologically wired to pay attention to such factors such as sex and race. It would be nice to eliminate such implicit responses

  3. I can totally identify with you in this. I do usually see differences in the way most men vs most women lead and I think those differences are interesting and good but my main focus is just on that individual person’s leadership skills rather than their gender. I agree with Allison’s point that the fact that Hillary Clinton is a woman is the first thing we associate with her leader. I feel like rather than focusing on the fact that she is a woman we should be focusing on how she functions as a leader.


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