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Archive: March 8, 2009 - March 14, 2009

Compensation Limits

Peter Drucker, the best mind in management, spoke over and over about the social and moral consequences of multi-million dollar payoffs for leaders. How do you think these huge compensation packages make working people feel?

By Bob Buford | March 13, 2009; 3:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Student View: Even Twins Are Different

While some females may appreciate being considered a preventive measure to a financial crisis, I find it sexist and unrealistic, writes Caroline Goodson, an undergraduate student of Warren Bennis.

By Warren Bennis | March 11, 2009; 9:45 AM ET | Comments (1)

Only Two Percent of Fortune 500 CEOs Are Female

Would a world ruled by women look any different? We'll never know until there are more women in positions of power. And if we look in the board room and the executive suite right now, women are very few.

By Barbara Kellerman | March 11, 2009; 9:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pressured to Conform

In a male-dominated profession like the military, women in leadership roles often masked their true selves to be what the culture expected them to be. The male-dominated environment on wall Street likely created the same pressures to conform.

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | March 10, 2009; 11:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Title IX CEOs

If men are more competitive in business, this may be because they've been playing sports for longer. Will there be a new generation of women leaders as competitive in the boardroom as they were on the soccer field, softball diamond or basketball court?

By Paul R. Portney | March 10, 2009; 11:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Generation Not Gender

In a world of flattened communications, a more collaborative leadership style is more effective -- as evidenced in President Obama's style -- but this change has more to do with age differences than gender ones.

By Patricia McGinnis | March 10, 2009; 11:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Planting Ivy in the Urinals

To answer this question is to chose between being branded a male chauvinist pig by half the world's population and a weak-kneed wobbly wimp by the other half. Copernicus may have had the best answer to such tricky questions.

By Norm R. Augustine | March 10, 2009; 10:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

No Time for Stereotypes

Perpetuating the overblown debate about female vs. male leadership styles doesn't bring back jobs, strengthen failing organizations or improve the economy.

By Kathy Kretman | March 10, 2009; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Our Own Boogie Man

Rather than believe a handful of bad guys "did us in," we should spend more time examining our own attitudes toward wealth, work, and the old-fashioned virtues of earning what you buy rather than just putting it all on a plastic charge card.

By Alan M. Webber | March 10, 2009; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

One Night Stands

More women leaders on Wall Street would have created an industry more focused on long-term mutually beneficial relationships and concern for and understanding of the entity on the other side of the transaction.

By Roger Martin | March 10, 2009; 10:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

More Holistic Thinking?

It's not unreasonable to make the case that women managers might have handled the Wall Street meltdown in a different, more effective way, but the focus should be on having the best minds, and that means women AND men.

By Yash Gupta | March 9, 2009; 12:04 PM ET | Comments (1)

An Offensive Question

The stereotypes that male leaders are aggressive and risk-oriented while female leaders are less assertive and more risk averse keep women from demonstrating their full leadership capabilities, and keep men from being able to lead from the heart as well as the head.

By Bill George | March 9, 2009; 4:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

If Women Ran the Banks

The banks and trading companies are dominated by men. The few women who reach high levels have had to fit into a male culture. Would it have been different if women had created and run the culture? We can only fantasize.

By Michael Maccoby | March 9, 2009; 4:33 AM ET | Comments (1)

Imagining "Ellen" Greenspan

There is little doubt that with more women in top positions in Wall Street and government, the economic crisis would have been less severe.

By Marty Linsky | March 9, 2009; 4:22 AM ET | Comments (1)

A Culture Not Easily Bucked

For women to crack glass ceilings of male leadership, an accomplishment in and of itself, and then be expected to also change an institutional culture and business model in the short run is a big task.

By Andy Stern | March 9, 2009; 4:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Gender No Silver Bullet

Wall Street became a system run amok because of group think, greed, sloppy and lax regulation, and close to zero transparency. Unfortunately, DNA or brain circuitry or sex hormones can't solve these serious design flaws.

By Warren Bennis | March 9, 2009; 4:01 AM ET | Comments (2)

Barbarians at the University Gate

Wall Street recruiters look for students clever enough to earn profits at almost any price. Whether this aggressive profile relates to gender, testosterone, ambition, identification with the barbarians at the gates, or lack of ethical fiber, I will leave for others to decide.

By Howard Gardner | March 9, 2009; 3:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Women in Fantasy Land

The testosterone-driven fantasy-land of Wall Street thrived on its hyper-competitive, win-at-any-cost culture. The chances of women ruling that particular roost were slim to none, and we are living with the results.

By Elizabeth Sherman | March 9, 2009; 3:22 AM ET | Comments (2)

Gender Is Not Destiny

While it is clear that society should promote greater diversity in leadership positions in all walks of life, we should not expect that a person's gender will be a predictive factor in his or her approach to problem solving.

By Kurt Schmoke | March 9, 2009; 2:57 AM ET | Comments (1)

Breaking the Mold

While some research shows women tend to be somewhat more risk averse than men, top women executives may not fit that pattern.

By David Walker | March 8, 2009; 11:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Are Women Really Risk Averse?

By the standard means of testing, women do seem to be more risk averse when making risk/reward trade-offs. But when risk is understood more broadly, women seem as likely as men to take risks like launching new products or starting new projects.

By Deborah Kolb | March 8, 2009; 10:18 PM ET | Comments (1)

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