Tag: Likability

A Leadership Expert Says Hillary Clinton is Missing One Key Personality Trait — and it Could Stop Her From Winning the Election

Shana Lebowitz, Business Insider – March 15, 2016

In order to earn the public’s trust, psychologists say leaders need to strike a near-perfect balance between two personality traits: warmth and competence.

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The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy of Disliking Hillary Clinton

Deborah Tannen, TIME – March 15, 2016

Clinton has been in the public eye for so long, journalists have long since formulated a storyline about her, as former Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis recently observed. Their view—and portrayal—of her as “remote and programmed,” he said, is “nonsense” and impervious to accounts by those who know or meet her that she is actually warm, smart and funny.

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Is Hillary Clinton Likable Enough to Beat Donald Trump?

Jacob Weisberg, Slate – March 11, 2016

In the Democratic debate this week in Miami a reporter from the Washington Post asked Hillary Clinton a blunt question. Citing a poll result that only 37 percent of Americans consider her honest and trustworthy, the journalist asked, “Is there anything in your own actions and the decisions that you yourself have made that would foster this kind of mistrust?”

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Hillary Clinton Is Riding High — That’s the Problem

Albert R. Hunt, Bloomberg View – March 6, 2016

Mrs. Clinton is riding high; that’s the problem. “Her history is that whenever she gets ahead and looks in good shape, she reverts to her worst form,” said Peter D. Hart, a leading Democratic pollster, citing Mrs. Clinton’s stellar first debate performance.

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Why a Female Presidential Candidate Could Never Be Like Bernie Sanders

Scarlet Neath, Marie Claire – February 26, 2016

Sexism in the 2016 election is more subtle, but no less present. The talk about Clinton’s physical appearance has been replaced with ad nauseam questioning of her likability andtrustworthiness. But what makes this sexist pill harder to swallow is that the person giving her a serious run for her money is unapproachable, unaccommodating, and unkempt: Bernie Sanders.

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America Loves Women Like Hillary Clinton–as Long as They’re Not Asking for a Promotion

Sady Doyle, Quartz – February 25, 2016

Yet it seems odd that even when Clinton ascends to ever-greater positions of power—from first lady to senator, from senator to secretary of state—we start liking her again once she’s landed the job. It’s not her success that seems to arouse ire, but the act of campaigning itself.

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Our Impossible Expectations of Hillary Clinton and All Women in Authority

Deborah Tannen, Washington Post – February 19, 2016

Now we know that Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright don’t actually think that anyone should vote for Hillary Clinton simply because she’s a woman. Does that mean we can forget about Clinton’s gender? I don’t think so. But the question we face is subtler, more complicated and harder to address than “Do I vote for her because she’s a woman?” Rather, it’s “Can I be sure I’m judging this candidate accurately, given the double bind that confronts all women in positions of authority?”

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Here’s What People Say When they Attack Hillary Clinton on Twitter

Mary Nugent and Emma Pierson, The Washington Post – February 9, 2016

In total, 8 percent of tweets — nearly 1,000 — criticized Clinton for her appearance, her femininity, or her husband. On the one hand, these gendered criticisms of Clinton are far less common than criticisms of her trustworthiness. On the other hand, if one out of twelve comments you got about your job performance was sexist, you would probably find another job. These comments were also frequent enough that many tweeters noticed and complained.

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Hillary Battles Bernie Sanders, Chick Magnet

Maureen Dowd, New York Times – February 7, 2016

Hillary Clinton first grabbed the national spotlight 47 years ago as an idealistic young feminist, chiding the paternalistic establishment in her Wellesley commencement speech. So it’s passing strange to watch her here, getting rebuffed by young women who believe that she lacks idealism, that she overplays her feminist hand and that she is the paternalistic establishment.

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Clinton Tells Young Voters that Rival Sanders has Cool But I am Who I am

Anne Gearan, The Washington Post – February 6, 2016

“I do have a somewhat narrower path that I have tried to walk,” she said. “It comes across as a little more restrained, a little more careful, and I’m sure that’s true, which is why I love doing sessions like this,” she said. She chalked up a lot of focus on her demeanor to the fact that she is a woman, although she did not suggest the question itself was sexist. “I’m trying to be the first woman president of the United States of America. There’s never been one before, and so people don’t have an image.”

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