The Banality of Feminist Agitprop

Via a reader, an article on LinkedIn from “Award-winning CEO, Keynote Speaker, Author” Andrea Heuston, who runs a small graphic design company in Issaquah, WA.

7 Traits of Successful Female Leaders

I’m certain we’ve all met confident women throughout our lives. These women command a room and they leave you wanting to know more about them. They usually leave a good impression and they inspire positive action within their circles of influence.

But what makes these women special? What makes them stand out from the crowd? I’ve been researching these women for years. From Oprah Winfrey to Coco Chanel to Indira Gandhi and Melinda Gates, these women have strength and that certain indefinable ‘something’ that creates loyalty and makes you want to follow their lead.

So, what are those characteristics or traits that make those leaders stand out? Can we isolate them to emulate them? I think we can.

Here are the seven traits I have been able to identify that strong female leaders possess:

I’m not going to reproduce them here – readers can see for themselves if so inclined – but what she’s done is take leadership traits common to all leaders irrespective of sex and thrown in the word “female” at intervals. This resulted in nearly 70k likes and 1.5k swooning comments.

What this shows is not only that LinkedIn users are a bit dim, but how desperate people are to read anything positive about women in business that they’ll go giddy over something as banal as a list of 7 leadership traits dressed up in pro-women language. Now hats off to Andrea Heuston; she’s mining a rich seam if she can charge for this crap, and I’m half minded to do the same. But it’s indicative of the intellectual level at which these discussions on female empowerment take place, isn’t it?

(And I didn’t miss the irony of listing as a female icon Melinda Gates, who is influential solely because her husband made a hell of a lot of money.)

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14 thoughts on “The Banality of Feminist Agitprop

  1. Melinda Gates? That’s on her list of great female leaders. A woman who worked as a project manager (and, finally, as “General Manager of Information Products”) for Microsoft and then married a billionaire.

    She’s put up against Oprah? Coco Chanel? Indira Ghandi?

    Not to shit on her accomplishments, she’s obviously smart, hardworking, and at least somewhat charismatic, but come on.

  2. Any list of successful female leaders that does not include Margaret Thatcher doesn’t know what it’s talking about.

  3. LinkedIn is a cesspit of right-thinking, feel good banalities. It seems the younger and more unimportant a person is, the longer (and more frequent) the screeds they post on their philosophy to management or life or *insert latest fad*.

    And come every election cycle you know which posts are the ones that will be shared and posted ad nauseum. Always *open borders are good* *Obama is God* *Drumpf bad* *Brexit bad*

  4. This one here was a good one.

    Australia’s Wonder Woman announces her retirement

    SUE MURPHY: MEET AUSTRALIA’S WATER WONDER WOMAN
           
    Water Corporation is not only financially strong, it is creating a diversified and robust water supply to lead into the future. Approaching 10 years at the helm as CEO, Sue Murphy speaks to Tom Freyberg about gender equality, water reuse and what she means by the “one bum to kick” model.
     
    …………………………………………………………………………………….
     
    She certainly kicked bums throughout her career and is the only lady, so far, that has kicked mine in the construction sector. If only they could see that gender equality should be based on merit and not statistical expectations, or maybe that is what Sue has just demonstrated, to other ambitious young female, would-be engineers?
     
    https://www.waterworld.com/articles/wwi/print/volume-33/issue-3/headline/leader-focus/sue-murphy-meet-australia-s-water-wonder-woman.html

  5. . These women command a room and they leave you wanting to know more about them.

    In my experience, it is the attractive women with large tits that I want to know more about.

  6. There’s an opportunity for humour here. It’s been shown that rightists can mimic the left far better than the reverse. Rightist bloggers create female alteregos and aquire large followings then come out at a feminist get together to much amusement. You’ll need a suitable name, Alice Newwoman for example. First names beginning with ‘A’ are prefered for the abreviation, “A Newwoman”.

  7. Any list of successful female leaders that does not include Margaret Thatcher doesn’t know what it’s talking about.
    ————
    Absolutely

  8. So there are specific traits to great female leadership but men and women are absolutely equal and indistinguishable on all metrics.

    “It seems the younger and more unimportant a person is, the longer (and more frequent) the screeds they post on their philosophy to management or life or *insert latest fad*.”

    Yes, posterchild Ryan Holiday. Privileged brotoype hit it lucky with a job and investment, lost a lot of it and then wrote a bunch of banal philosophies of life/management based on his collected life wisdom, age 23 and 3/4. He really has a face you wouldn’t tire of punching as well.

  9. My close observation of this* is that successful women – at the top – do what men are supposed to do (shout and bawl and bully) as well, if not better, than men.

    *A soon-to-be ex-CEO of a bank: I used to work with (for) her and knew her pretty well a few years ago. I admired her, but was glad her board were between me and her to take the flack when things went tits-up.

  10. LinkedIn is an electronic Rolodex for the email addresses and phone numbers you couldn’t be arsed with loading in your phone.

    Even the most viral content is rarely monetised for more than minimal amounts. A passing search for the real lives of the so-called “influencers” confirms this.

    My golden rule is to unfollow anyone who shares that type of content, along with anyone who uses the word, “humbled”.

  11. “This resulted in nearly 70k likes and 1.5k swooning comments.”

    Checked it today and it’s now 253,000 like, 7,231 comments.

    “William of Ockham
    LinkedIn is an electronic Rolodex for the email addresses and phone numbers you couldn’t be arsed with loading in your phone.”

    Exactly. it’s only purpose for me is a list of my ‘loose’ contacts.

  12. Jonathan,
    “I thought we’d already decided on Tina Newmyn”

    I must have been off sick that day. Incidentally, googling around I find “Putanova” is a legitimate Russian surname…

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