Workplace power is more of a slur than improvement for gender equality

I recently wrote a blog about the top 10 most powerful women in Silicon Valley and the differences between the power women wield in the workplace compared to men.

I got in touch with Peter Johnson, work psychologist and owner of Fairday Research Ltd, who made some interesting points about celebrating the power of women in the workplace.

He said there is evidence of workplace gender differences although this is tempered by studies that suggest that some women who rise to the top in a ‘man’s world’ do so by playing the male game particularly well, referencing Margaret Thatcher.

“If this is the case with these women – and it would require evidence or biography to ascertain this – then I’m not overly certain that it is something to particularly celebrate,” said Johnson.

“Are these women simply the gender equivalent of the slur once used by the black community in the US – Oreo – which means black on the outside, white on the inside? Are we getting female leaders who are biologically female, but in terms of their leadership styles, act male?,” he added.

“I’m a fan of feminism’s radicalism, and its offer of a new paradigm for the world – and the workplace. This model offers participatory and communicative leadership styles that could perhaps create a quantum shift and improvement in the way things get done in the workplace.” he concluded.

Read his article, ‘Women could fast track the alternative IT needs’, here.

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