|Don't you remember? I was captain of the team.|
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At the same time, you do see people who have a certain amount of personal force*, who are assertive in their speech and confident in their actions. Oddly (or perhaps not), they're the folks who always seem to end up in industry management and leadership.
In my experience, this personality trait is not limited to Casper Van Diem's (see right) gender. I have worked for a few women in my time in industry; they were just as self-confident as any man might be.
So here's my lab postulate of the week: in any gathering or organization of chemists, the agenda is most likely to be set not by the most productive or competent person, but by the most outspoken or extroverted person present.
Readers, what do you think? Am I right or wrong?
*To borrow a phrase from "The Godfather."