Stars of stage, screen, and boardroom have come together to “ban ‘bossy.’” The world has lots of problems, and Sheryl Sandberg and Beyoncé think the word bossy tops the list. Reportedly, assertive girls are called the b-word growing up, dissuading them from pursuing leadership roles. At least that’s what Condoleezza Rice and Diane von Fürstenberg claim.
Rest assured these women don’t want bossy attitudes to go away. They want it called something else. Jay-Z’s wife offers an alternative: “I’m not bossy. I’m the boss,”… which sounds a little bossy to me.
No one knows whether the new head of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, was called bossy when growing up. For sure she’s no wallflower these days. Four years ago as president of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank, she said, “Accommodative policy is appropriate, in my view, because the economy is operating well below its potential and inflation is undesirably low. If it were possible to take interest rates into negative territory, I would be voting for that.”
Now that she’s the boss, Yellen might ban interest rates. As a believer in the musings of John Maynard Keynes, Chairwoman Yellen no doubt insists that people are too future-oriented ...