Women in leadership

If you push yourself to the edge, you might just fall over...

Psychologists say a certain amount of stress is necessary, and even good for you.

Trouble is, so many take that concept to a whole new level – adding more and more stress to their lives until they reach the edge and, in some cases, fall right over it.

Authentic leadership: It's not easy being you

On a recent trip to Melbourne, I met with Dr Hannah Piterman, author of Unlocking Gender Potential: A Leader’s Handbook. We were discussing the pressure women come under to change aspects of themselves when ascending the leadership ladder – even to the extent of having voice coaching to sound more masculine and, therefore, authoritative.

“That’s ludicrous,” she said. “You are never going to be as good at being someone else as you are at being yourself.”