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The How-To Guide to Getting Respect (Without Getting Hated)

June 5, 2009


bossFor years, the workplace was considered a location in which the man was the “alpha dog”.  The big rigs were the men and the woman’s role was far less present within corporate America.  However, in the words of Bob Dylan, the times they are a-changin’.  However, the road for women within the business world is still not always an easy one.  To be assertive is often interpreted as being a bitch.  Anyone who has had a lousy boss at one point or another knows that the amount of resentment they may have held toward their superior is nothing they would ever want others to feel toward them.  Therefore, it’s important to find the ability to be assertive without being aggressive.  Clarity is key, yet talking down to others or being overly demanding is a surefire way to produce a group of disgruntled employees.  I recently fell upon a book that I found to be highly beneficial to Generation Y and its developing leaders: The Girl’s Guide to Being a Boss (Without Being a Bitch) by Kimberly Yorio and Caitlin Friedman.  It is a great way to find out where you currently land along the scale between being a complete shrew and being a complete wuss, as well as the steps you can take in an effort to change negative traits that are prohibiting you from being a good leader.

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