Being a part of student government.
Striving to stand out on a sports team.
Not being afraid to share your opinion on an issue.
All of those characteristics describe a person who would probably be considered a confident leader. And usually, that’s a positive thing. But that confidence can also lead to a label — one that’s often only used to describe a girl — bossy.
Because “bossy” often has a negative connotation, at least one boss, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, is pushing to ban it from the list of words we, as a culture, use when we talk about female leaders. And she’s not alone. Actress Jennifer Garner, Beyonce and former Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice support the campaign.
Others, however, don’t mind the word, saying that yes, it might have negative connotation, but it also implies strength, which is empowering.