Are You A Sexy Boss? Should You Be?

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Should you use your "erotic capital" to get ahead?

As much as we may rant and rail against it ... the answer is maybe.

Women's employment expert, Catherine Hakim, a professor of sociology at the London School of Economics, suggests in her book, Erotic Capital: The Power of Attraction in the Boardroom and the Bedroom, that professional women should use their "erotic capital"--beauty, sex appeal, charm, dress sense, liveliness, and fitness--to get ahead at work.

According to the professor, the ''beauty premium'' is an important economic factor in our careers. She cites a U.S. survey that found good-looking lawyers earn between 10 and 12 percent more than less good-looking colleagues. (That may explain Diane, Will and Alicia. But David Lee?)

An attractive person is also more likely to land a job in the first place, and then nab that juicy promotion. "Meritocracies are supposed to champion intelligence, qualifications, and experience. But physical and social attractiveness deliver substantial benefits in all social interaction. This makes a person more persuasive, able to secure the co-operation of colleagues, attract customers, and sell products," Professor Hakim writes.

Another study, this one by researchers at the University of British Columbia, found that people pay closer attention to beautiful people. "If people think Jane is beautiful, and she is very organized and somewhat generous, people will see her as more organized and generous than she really is," says one of the researchers.

Still, there's "beautiful" and then there's out and out "sexy." Heather Havenwood, the founder of female education and empowerment site, Sexy Boss, and author of the book Sexy Boss: How Female Entrepreneurs Are Beating the Big Boys While Changing the Rule Book for Money, Success and Even Sex, and How You Can Too encourages women to "transform from broke and bored to rich, sexy and free." In her Sexy Boss Manifesto, she explains:

"Girl, you are sexy. Damn sexy, in fact!
But being sexy is NOT just about looks, or about sex, for that matter. At the
highest level, being sexy is about getting off your butt, stopping the whining
and excuses and reclaiming your God-given power.
That's REAL sexiness. I don't care if you're 300 lbs, flat broke, and haven't
been laid in years."


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