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Michael Maccoby

Michael Maccoby

Michael Maccoby is an anthropologist and psychoanalyst globally recognized as an expert on leadership. He is the author of The Leaders We Need, And What Makes Us Follow.

If Women Ran the Banks

Would the financial disaster have been avoided if women had run the system? It's impossible to answer that question. 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
Category:  Women in Leadership Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Let's face it, for years Wall Street leaders have insisted that "the market decides", but we all know the collective wisdom of the market as an almalgam of "millions of votes" is an imperfect decision making system. But if men are stereotyped as making decisions based on emotions (jump before looking) and their agressive nature (win at all costs), then those few women who do attain CEO status, are surely seen as "strong like a man."

I always respect the anthropologist's viewpoint, but as Maccoby points out the governing system we have in place was designed by men -- you know, The Founding Fathers? These days, when someone even mentions that the government could indeed help someone struggling, they are derided as promoting a Nanny State. A Nanny State implies something undesirable, but I know an anthropologist could tell us (readers) about successful cultures, lead by women. That is, it is possible to have a Nanny State.

Posted by: rmorris391 | March 9, 2009 3:43 PM
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