Recently, the question of women and anger/emotion in the workplace has been getting some press, and I find myself flip-flopping on how I feel about it. It started with a comment by a senior-level female exec I GREATLY admire who admitted to getting so angry in an executive boardroom situation that she cried. The reaction to the tears from her male counterparts was, "No crying allowed."
Instead of recoiling, she took a moment and channeled that anger into an expletive-laced tirade that would make any sailor proud, and then quit her job. Every woman in the room applauded as if to say, "YES! YOU GO GIRL! Wish I had the guts to do that!" Another female exec used the notion of "no crying" as an example of what people tell women at an early age that holds them back from being successful.