Shopping Cart -

Your cart is currently empty.
This website use cookies and similar technologies to improve the site and to provide customised content and advertising. By using this site, you agree to this use. To learn more, including how to change your cookie settings, please view our Cookie Policy
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
   You are currently viewing the European Union version of the site.
Would you like to switch to your local site?
Read anywhere Read anywhere
Ways to pay Pocketmags Payment Types
Trusted site
At Pocketmags you get
Secure Billing
Great Offers
Web & App Reader
Gifting Options
Loyalty Points

You take the lead

Right now, the feminine is rising and we’re being asked to step up, lean in and lead. But how exactly do we do that? Anita Chaudhuri explores the nitty-gritty of how to find a leadership style that feels comfortable for you - so you can be the leader you aspire to be

When I was just 24, I got promoted to the coveted editorship of the business magazine that had employed me as a junior reporter fresh out of journalism school. Unsurprisingly, although fizzy with ambition, I felt scared, overwhelmed and ill-equipped to take on such a high-profile role.

Sensing this, my publisher sent me for management training, an innovative move in journalism at that time. Alas, the leadership guru took one look at me and shook her head. ‘No, no, no,’ she declared. ‘This simply will not do.’

Bewildered, and also baffled because I had yet to open my mouth, I couldn’t fathom what she meant. She seemed to be referring to my appearance, but how could that be? I was wearing my new power suit with sharp shoulder pads and matching thigh-high mini skirt. The finishing flourish was a large jazz-themed brooch on my lapel. ‘You look like a strumpet with a trumpet,’ said the coach. ‘All of it has got to go.’

For the next hour, she interrogated me about my ‘management style’. I’d been promoted from within, and that could be a poisoned chalice, she warned. Did I socialise with my colleagues? Did I ever get drunk with them after work? I didn’t dare tell her I frequently got drunk with them at 8.30am because this was the era of Ab Fab-style champagne breakfasts!

“The very word ‘ambition’ conjures up an image of those shrill candidates on The Apprentice

Purchase options below
Find the complete article and many more in this issue of Psychologies - April 2020
If you own the issue, Login to read the full article now.
Single Issue - April 2020
Or 449 points
Annual Digital Subscription
Only € 1.46 per issue
Was €39.99
Now €18.99
6 Month Digital Subscription
Only € 2.92 per issue
Or 1899 points
Monthly Digital Subscription
Only € 4.14 per issue
Or 449 points

View Issues

About Psychologies

The latest issue of Psychologies is now available to download