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Dear Sheryl Sandberg: There Are Far Worse Things Than Being Called Bossy

Dear Sheryl Sandberg: There Are Far Worse Things Than Being Called Bossy.

At the risk of making women everywhere hate me, I am uncomfortable with the Ban Bossy campaign. It assumes that bossy behavior and leadership behavior are synonymous. They are not.

If a girl is being a leader and is being called bossy as a pejorative term, of course that should be corrected.

But men and women (and boys and girls) who are truly bossy are NOT exhibiting leadership characteristics. I worry that the next generation of managers and executives will be bossy instead of real leaders, because at an early age they were taught that there is no difference.

Words matter. Let’s be precise.

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