Don’t man up but “act like a woman” to get ahead at work, the president of the Girls’ School Association has said.
Heather Hanbury has argued that being an empathetic “team player” is better for business than the traditional “alpha male” model of leadership, and this approach comes more naturally to girls.
Professionals looking to get ahead should “act like women” at work, the leading headteacher has said, claiming that everyone benefits from the spread of “feminine” skills.
She said: “The world would certainly be a more generous, happier place with more empathy, sympathy and collaboration in it.
“Research shows time and again that tapping into these ‘soft skills’ that align with feminine qualities, delivers improved results across the board: in the world of work and of politics.
Firstly, if that were human experience then we’ve been having power skirts for long enough that they should have outcompeted every other form of workplace leadership already.
The second is that actual observation of groups of men and groups of women leads to a slightly different conclusion. Men will fight – actively or metaphorically – to see who is top dog and once the alpha is identified settle down to that place in the hierarchy. Observation suggests that women continue to fight like cats in sacks.
This empathetic and cooperative idea of female management is a bit like the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled, no?