Study: Intimidation tactics don't help women in work place

by Dennis Brown

It often is suggested that women seeking to enhance their careers should “play like a man” by being more forceful, aggressive and/or assertive. A new study by Mark Bolino from the University of Notre Dame shows that the use of such intimidation tactics actually can be detrimental to women’s careers.p. In a study of both men and women working in a law enforcement agency, Bolino examined the reactions of supervisors to employees who dealt aggressively with co-workers. Such behavior would include letting others know that he or she can make things difficult for them if pushed too far, or using forceful language toward people who get in the way.p.

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