I hesitated before writing this article. It is prudent for a woman to avoid being associated with emotionalism in the business world. After all, the stereotype is that women are too emotional to be successful in business and that only tough, unemotional people survive in the business environment.
Recognizing the risk, I would like to offer the perspective that leadership capacity includes a wide spectrum of emotions. Emotional capacity can be equally as important as rational thinking, even in the "business case decision-making" environment so crucial to organizational success. Trust, a collaborative environment, and a spirit that is conducive to human innovation can mobilize a company to achieve its strategic goals.