An Ideal Leader?

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Amanpour, like Clinton, misses the real problem buried in this event: the myth of the ideal leader. The ideal leader, like the ideal worker, is never sick, is always available, and will make extreme (often unnecessary) sacrifices to avoid rethinking the mission or timeline.

When Amanpour asks, “Leading the world in sickness and in heath; if the boys can do it, why not the women?” she reinforces this unrealistic concept of leadership, one where leaders take risks with themselves and their responsibilities in order to avoid acknowledging their humanity. In truth, just because men do it doesn’t mean women should seek to emulate that self-destructive leadership style.

Berger Institute Faculty Affiliate Ken Matos, Ph.D., in The Huffington Post.