Women Leadership Essay

Submitted By ljott39
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Women walk a tightrope of conflicting expectations and Women pay a higher price.
The position that both are too strong to ignore.

“A nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground. Then it is finished no matter how brave its warriors or how strong their weapons. (In Honor of All Women, 2015)”. This Cheyenne saying relates to Women in leadership roles due to the fact that many women find it difficult to lead with anything but their heart. The conflicted expectations that many of us face deal with familial expectations that are ingrained in us that it is almost impossible to be a powerful woman leader as well as a successful family woman. This is why it is difficult for me to choose between the tightrope subject and paying a higher price. The two are undeniably linked for women everywhere. In any organization, many women must choose the price they pay; it can be for their career or for their family.
As a child, I was brought up with the stereotypical gender roles where women were homemakers and took care of the family. Men were the ones who were to take care of everything. In my life and in many of my coworkers and family, this did not happen. The book states that “a strong woman can make both men and women uncomfortable by challenging the conventional understanding” (Bolman and Deal, 2008, p, 353). This can be the case in families as well as in the business world. Many men are ingrained with those gender role ideas and cannot function in a relationship with a woman who wields power in the business world. I use the example of my family; I have sisters and nieces that are very powerful in what they do.
Women are forced to walk a tightrope that deals with societal roles and understanding as well as paying a price for their success within their personal lives. This impacts the organization by either providing driven women dedicated to her success or one who will resent what she gave up. While reading the article by Eagly and Johannesen