Female Leaders: Superwoman Not Required

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Female leaders don't have to be a superwoman. That's what researchers Athena Vongalis-Macrow and Andrea Gallant tell you in the Harvard Business Review.

Presenting only the stereotype of the superwoman to females on their way up likely will cause them to plateau early. Successful female leaders don't have to be perfectly thin or groomed. They don't have to consumed primarily by professional life yet have a wonderful soul mate, 2.5 children, and a global reputation for hosting five-star dinner parties with celebrity guests. Actually, they can be an Every woman who just happens to have what it takes to get things done through others.

Some of the most memorable female leaders have been ordinary women like Rosa Parks, members of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, and the fictional Dorothy from "The Wizard of Oz."

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