This article is part of our women’s leadership series on creating leadership identity, based on principles from Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office, by Lois Frankel, Ph.D. Be sure to refer back to the previous article of this series, on the power of verbal presence in shaping your leadership identity.
What comes to mind when you think of the word “business?”
a) A chess match or sport where people are playing to win
b) An event where people come together and collaborate
c) Both a and b
d) I don’t really think about it, I’m too busy
If you answered C, you’re correct. Business and the workplace in general, are both a grounds for collaboration and teamwork, but also competition.
According to Dr. Lois Frankel, “the workplace is a game. It has rules, boundaries, winners, and losers. Not only is it a game, but the rules of the game change from organization to organization and from department to department within an organization.”
Many women don’t view business or the workplace in this way. Instead they view it as a collaborative set of events, where people are coming together for a big goal or a great cause. While this may very well be the case in your organization or department – it’s not the only thing going on.