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Let's Lose The Stereotypes Even The Flattering Ones


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LET'S LOSE THE STEREOTYPES--EVEN THE FLATTERING ONES

You deserve applause for reminding Corporate America of the value of female managers in the workplace in "How to keep women managers on the corporate ladder" (Social Issues, Sept. 2). My own experience convinces me that an intelligent, dedicated, concerned manager is a treasured asset regardless of gender.

What disturbs me, however, is the statement your writer borrows from consultant Marilyn Loden's Workforce America! The stereotype of men being dependent upon formalized, hierarchical power while women "get people to work by inspiring them and involving them in decisions" smacks of the worst type of sexist typecasting! I can name plenty of inspirational, power-sharing men--and just as many dictatorial women--in management to throw Loden's assertion into the paper shredder where it belongs.

William P. Rompf

Nashville


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