An article in Monday's Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/women-in-leadership/2013/dec/09/beat-female-leadership-stereotypes talked about the pigeonholing language/stereotyping that can sometimes be used when categorizing women in leadership positions. Most of the illustrations in this article are not terribly subtle (as opposed to the gendered wording issues raised when people are writing letters of recommendation http://awisblog.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/gendered-wording/). Given that these stereotypes are well-used still in many arenas, does this persist in the sciences (and entomology in particular) or are there other stereotypes in the sciences that we need to be aware of to avoid being our own worst enemies?
Earlier this year, CBS News ran an article http://www.cbsnews.com/news/yes-women-make-better-leaders/ on why women can be better leaders, but the intended message was to boardrooms, to let them know not to fear women selecting as leaders: they will do well, thank you very much. Telling, however, in the data collected was when they asked new hires whether or not they aspired to become CEO of the company, only half of the women (18% vs. 36% of men) had such aspirations. Arguably, becoming CEO or a top leader in anything (such as ESA President!) needs to be cultivated early in careers, as the process is not one that happens overnight.
Some of you may have been lucky enough to benefit from leadership training early in your career--do you think this has influenced the trajectory of where you are or where you see yourself in the future? How would you help others see this potential? Can ESA help (or has it already?)?