An executive, be it a ceo, a principal, a nonprofit director or any other top person in charge, usually fullfills 2 main responsibilities...
1 is to Enforce Policy so that it is followed throughout the agency.
2 is to Bring in New Money. Fundraise, negotiate new contracts, solicit donations, find new revenue streams, etc.
So when I think of it that way, sales and discipline, it sounds awful.
Does this apply to being president of the United States? I always hear that there is no real job description for president, but at the same time we think executive experience is one of the top qualifications for the job.
Does the president enforce laws? I guess that is what signing a bill means.... The president is accepting the obligation for the government to enforce the new law.
Does the president make the country money? Republicans must thinks so, because that has basically been every republican politician's entire platform ever. More money will solve most republican problems (except for the moral issues, like abortion and marriage). There are trade agreements and embargoes and tariffs and what not, but is getting new money a real objective of a president? If you think of it for any country other than the USA the answer is definitely yes, be it humanitarian aid or just opening up new markets. It only seems less of an issue in America because we have had the world’s dominant economy for a while. However, it does take effort to stay on top.
So there it is. Even after all our years of work towards equality of the sexes and woman occupying more corporate leadership positions, the model for high level executives is expected to be disciplinarian and breadwinner, straight out of classic male stereotype gender roles from the 50’s.
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