The truth is that the world today is new and unpredictable and changing, and filled with threats that we don't understand. But dismissing a powerful Mom or sucking up to an omnipotent Father does nothing but create an illusion of control.
Leadership as we have known it is going the way of landlines and yellow pages. The familiar pyramid of power is shape-shifting into a circle as female leaders summon their teams, harvest their stories, surface their wisdom, and succeed in their business.
When I was 11, my family visited Washington, D.C., and the absolute highlight of the trip was a tour of FBI Headquarters. I asked the guide a question. "Can girls be FBI agents?" His response: "No, because girls would spend all their time painting their nails."
An increasing drumbeat of data is suggesting that women summon the courage to lean in, only to be knocked back. Meanwhile, a generation of girls is still getting the message that confident self-expression is the answer.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg says that little girls who are told they are "bossy" should be told instead that they have "leadership potential." Ms. Sandberg's intentions are good, but she's confused about what being "bossy" really means. Her campaign to "Ban Bossy" is misguided and misses the mark.
After investing as much as $250,000 in tuition, why would fathers watch proudly as their daughters graduate from college, and then expect them only to work for a year or two before exiting the workforce to raise a family?
We know greater board diversity leads to better governance and stronger economic growth. Now we need to put our economic power behind this legislation by supporting companies who comply with this recommendation, and taking our business away from those who don't.
Personally, I think we'd be better off if we stopped arguing about which approach to leadership is better and consider a different way that could be more effective and actually sustainable. I like to call it Integration.
Courage, collaboration, innovation, direct communication, listening, confidence, trust, visionary, passion, tenaciousness -- all are words that describe our greatest leaders, be they in business, public affairs, government or social change
If we're ever going to be able to "make your partner a real partner," like Sheryl Sandberg advocates, we've got to believe that men who love women who love their careers exist -- and know that we can attract them by not glossing over our achievements when we're dating.
Albright's passion for supporting democracy and citizen participation around the world is legendary. And, in her role as Chair of the National Democratic Institute (NDI), she is now pursuing a very public campaign to empower women worldwide to succeed in political leadership.
My collaborator and co-author Michael D'Antonio and I travelled the world and conducted personal interviews with global political and business leaders as well as NGOs and start-ups to find out how these traits can be applied in real world situations.
Whatever you think about her message, Sandberg is a role model for savvy leadership communication. Career success means taking risks and advocating for your own best interests, the very behaviors that our culture discourages in girls and women.
Females are neurologically well-equipped to lead, manage and help us resolve the major problems of the world. By understanding and honoring the female brain, we can empower girls and women to use their brains to change the world.