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Don't Ban Bossy, Ban Bossiness


Banning the word bossy doesn't encourage leadership. Real examples of leaders do.

(Image Source: http://www.banbossy.com)

The left is at it again. The progressive crusaders have ventured out on another quest to make us all better, nicer, more sensitive and of course, more tolerant of one point of view.

Their latest campaign? Ban the word “bossy.” Michelle Obama, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, several evil capitalists and a handful of celebrities have had enough. The word bossy has got to go.

Why? Because girls need to be leaders.

This campaign is fraught with issues that are easy to see and point out. They are trying to boss people into not using the word bossy, which is an irony and hypocrisy that seems common place today. Banning the word bossy doesn't make anyone a better leader or even less bossy, it just means that no one can be honest with you, and quite frankly, how good is a leader who is not surrounded by honest people?

(Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

These are the easy things to point out about this latest campaign for politically correct adherence, but it is their very reason for carrying out this crusade that bothers me the most.

In their video, they talk about girls being less interested in leadership and that it should be ok for them to be ambitious and to be leaders. On the ban bossy website itself it declares that we need to encourage girls to lead and therefore should ban bossy. Look at their website, their video and their campaign and it's all about one thing – leadership.

The big problem is that being bossy and being a leader are two very different things. In fact, they're mutually exclusive.

Leaders lead others while bossy people, well, boss people around. Leaders have a vision of what they want to happen and follow that ideal, hoping that others follow them on that path. Bossy people have a vision of what they want achieved and order others to go do it. Lucky for us, these two polar opposites of how power is used are on display right now.

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Pope Francis, Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Pope Francis, Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

The Pope is a great example of a leader and of leadership. From the beginning he has stated his beliefs about helping the poor and loving the lowest among us. From the beginning, his actions have backed up those words and inspired millions to follow him and do the same with their own lives. By sneaking out of the Vatican to spend time with the homeless, washing the feet of young inmates at a detention center, embracing and praying with a man covered in tumors and confessing in front of the masses, the Pope has provided a living example of the things he professes. Those who follow him and his examples do so of their own volition.

President Obama is in many ways the opposite. His words are often hollow and at odds with his actions. He declares compassion for the poor and yet pursues ends that hold them securely in their place. He declares his knowledge of the Constitution and yet violates it repeatedly through dereliction of his duty to execute the laws and violations of civil rights in the first, second, fourth and tenth amendment. He does not lead the way and trust that people will follow him, he dictates how you shall live and demands that the people comply. None of these things, of course, affect he and his family or quite honestly many of those in the power circle in Washington.

President Obama sees that utopian vision of his America and orders all of us to stay on that path. Pope Francis sees that vision of a kinder and more giving society and leads the way, trusting that many will be right behind him.

The question is now this: Is the Pope bossy? In looking at him and his actions, would anyone describe him as being bossy? No, of course not. Bossy would be one of the last words used to describe his actions because being bossy and being a leader are two different things. Real leaders are not bossy and bossy people aren't real leaders.

Banning the word bossy doesn't promote anything, especially leadership. In fact, it would actually show that being bossy works. We don't need to ban the word bossy, we need to get rid of bossiness.

The best way to do that? Be a real leader. How poetic.

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