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Who’s the Real Imposter, Men or Women?

I believe some women shy away from leadership roles because they want to be true leaders; this is because sometimes in their day to day work lives they see male counterpart not exhibiting true leadership. What they see are authority figures and watch as co-workers “follow” these so called “leaders” by doing exactly what they are told to do. No one is truly following. It was said that women sometime feel like imposters, waiting to be found out. As a black woman in Corporate America I never felt like an imposter or fearful of being found out. But I think my male counterparts and superiors felt like imposters, not wanting to be found out.
It seems to me they don’t want to lead, they just want the authority to be able to control. Most of them had personal agendas and were only looking out for themselves. In doing this they don’t want real leadership to be shown, so they try and change women to lead by their definition or keep them out altogether. A woman showing real leadership is a threat to male supremacy and authority. I think Corporate America has lost touch with the true meaning of leadership. Maybe the men are keeping women out of leadership roles so they won’t be found out, showing them to be the real imposters. If women in these roles show true leadership then the men will be seen for who they really are. In Corporate America, are men leaders or authority figures? What do you think?

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How Can You “Lean In” if You Can’t “Get In”?

So when I read Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, I kind of laughed to myself. Everything in the book pertaining to her life was so unrelatable to mine and probably most black women. She grew up in a household with a college educated mother and father. Even though her mother became a stay-at-home mom, she was able to reinvent herself by leading and heading up organizations outside of the home. Showing Sheryl leadership qualities needed to lead. Sheryl took on the task of “leading” her siblings because she saw women in her life take on leadership roles.

They may not have done it in an office setting but they led nonetheless. I realized Sheryl was talking to women who had the opportunity to lead. For those who got to this place, this is a great book. But if you are black women this question should come to mind, how can you “Lean In” when you can’t “Get In”? I want to pose this question to the black women in corporate America, why do you think we can’t “Get In”? What are the things holding us back from being leaders in Corporate America?