Black madams in positions of power

2011-10-21 00:00

ALLOW me to air my observations on educated black women in positions of authority. The emancipation of previously oppressed racial groups, including women, was central to the struggle of the black man in our country.

In reaping the fruits of the struggle, women also had to be integrated into the mainstream of the economy.

A loud cry in the country is heard from all corners to fast-track the appointment of women to achieve gender equity in the workplace. As a result an educated elite class of black women has emerged.

I have observed with sadness the behaviour of some black women in positions of authority. These women have cut ties with that which is natural to a black person; namely, humility, caring for colleagues, and treating others with respect.

Some of these women have an overinflated sense of their own importance, demanding to be the centre of attention among subordinates. They hardly use words such as “Please”, Excuse me”, “I apologise”, “I am sorry” or “Can I help you?” Little do they know that taking care of the personal aspect of an employee, leads to success in terms of work performance.

One may argue that they are confident. Indeed, there is fine line bet­ween arrogance and confidence. How these powerful black madams display their arrogance is by deliberately making others feel small. They stop paying attention to different views for they believe that they have found the formula for success, and are no longer subject to human fallibility.

I believe in putting decent people in power regardless of gender or race. Good manners must be included in the job description of every employee, especially those in positions of authority. I support all females in all spheres who maintain that which is African for I believe they represent the values and traditions of the African masses. We are proud of those who remain African in their dealings with fellow humans in the workplace.

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