03/12/2014 02:53 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Female Executives Disagree With Beyonce On Word 'Bossy'

Sheryl Sandberg and Beyonce -- with the help of some other famous girlfriends, of course -- recently released a video suggesting that the word "bossy" was female-specific and should be banned for degrading women.

But as we reflect on the one-year anniversary of Sandberg's novel "Lean In," some women are re-examining Beyonce and Sandburg's cause, arguing that "bossy" should perhaps be looked at with a new lens.

"What's important is the connotation and the message beneath it, if someone is calling someone 'bossy,'" said Caroline Cummings, VP of Business Development & Sales of Palo Alto Software, in an interview with HuffPost Live.

The problem lies in the intention of the person using the word, she explained.

"Whether they're a girl, a woman, or a man for that matter, why are they reacting in that way when that person is displaying leadership -- that's what the question is, not the label," she said.

Watch the full HuffPost Live segment below.



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