Julia Middleton's thoughts on leadership

Julia Middleton's thoughts on leadership header image 2

Is the ‘glass ceiling’ surrounding female leaders moving?

March 8th, 2012 · 1 Comment

I was recently sitting on the top table next to a speaker at an event. The next speaker due to address those present sat on my right while the Chair was on my left.

At the last moment the Chair leaned over and whispered in my ear: “Would you mind terribly if I made a slightly sexist remark when I introduce you?”

I turned to the guy on my right due to follow me and said: “Our chair would like to know if you would mind terribly if he made a slightly racist joke when he introduces you?”

That shut the Chair up.

I know the world is changing. I can see it in my daughters and even more in my sons. But sadly it is not changing that fast.

Today is International Women’s Day, an event set up in the US in 1909 to both inspire women and celebrate their achievements.  Do you think that perspectives surrounding females and their abilities to lead are changing? Or are some old-fashioned attitudes so ingrained that they will never change?

This post is written by Julia Middleton, Founder and Chief Executive of Common Purpose. This post is also available on her blog: http://juliamiddleton.net

Tags: Uncategorized

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 englishassecondlanguage // Feb 24, 2013 at 19:35

    my mom runs the family business from inside. if a leader is meant to manage people, she is the true leader.
    my aunt is one of the few millionaires in the country, she is well known for her unprejudiced style of leadership.
    my grandma has the ability to keep her family of 11 children and hundreds of her grandchildren together, i call that leadership.
    there are many kinds of leader, i think it partly depends on people in the group he/she leads, not solely on his/her ability.
    a good example from Romance of Three Kingdom from Chinese history. Liubei is a type of leader who is full of emotion, and well known for his empathy. His opposite character is CaoCao, a leader of superior intelligence who showed little or none emotion. he knows his men feelings and used it to control them.
    excuse me for my poor English skill.
    ps. this is from a man’s perspective.

Leave a Comment