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The New York Times commemorated the 250 Corner Office interviews featured in its Business section by taking a closer look at the women at the top. Adam Bryant conducted follow up interviews with four women CEOs to get their take on leadership, women (and men) in the workplace, and how we can better equip women for high-ranking positions.

One of the women included is Lisa Price, the founder and president of Carol’s Daughter. The 20-year-old company has thousands upon thousands of devotees who turn to the company for hair and skincare products. But for Price, this is big business and she has some suggestions for how women can join her in corporate success.

On being a leader:

I used to sit at the table but not necessarily at the head of the table, because I felt there were things I needed to learn, and I wanted to be part of the team, and sit with the team.

… Now I sit at the head of the table…  I just sort of gravitated there naturally, and that’s where I sit, because what I’ve learned is that, regardless of whatever little skill sets here and there that I might not know really well, I do know this brand better than anybody else.

On the differences between male and female leaders:

What I find interesting is that it’s not across the board, as in, men are this way and women are that way… 

What I have noticed is that men can have a real serious debate about something and sound like they’re just going at it, and you think they’re going to walk out of the room angry at each other. And they go get a sandwich, and they’re fine. They don’t take it to heart. Women don’t do that. 

And on crying at work:

One of the mistakes I’ve definitely seen women make is crying. And I’m an emotional person. I understand where the tears come from…

However, when you’re speaking to your boss or your manager about an issue, and you’re feeling overwhelmed, crying is not a good thing to do, because you don’t necessarily know how it’s being perceived by the person to whom you’re speaking. I know from personal experience that the stigma never goes away. And you are enforcing a stereotype, unfortunately, that women are weak, and they’re not as tough as men.

To read more from Price and the other women interviewed, among them Amy Schulman, the EVP and general counsel at Pfizer, and Marjorie Kaplan, the group president of the Animal Planet, Science, and Velocity Networks, click here.


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