You don't build a $1 billion home and lifestylecompany without bruising a few egos. When Jessica Alba branched out into the business world with the Honest Company, she admits she may have approached things a bit too aggressively. "Sometimes, I'm a little more iron fist than velvet glove. I'm straight to the point. I've made people cry," Alba tells MORE magazine about her leadership style. "I have to say, 'This isn't personal. This is what needs to get done and it's just as simple as that. And … we're not crying anymore.'"

But no one likes tears in a corporate setting, right? "I'm learning to tone myself down," says Alba, who also admits in the interview that her mother calls her "a workaholic control freak." Careful, mom, or she'll make you cry, too.

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Speaking of potentially contentious parent-child relationships, the interviewer quizzes Alba on what effect having two successful careers has on the development of her two children. "You don't really know how [your career] is affecting [your kids] until they're adults and they say, 'You ruined my life, Mom!'" she offers. "Maybe they want me to be a stay-at-home mother who bakes chocolate-chip muffins all day. [But] I'd probably want to start a chocolate-chip muffin company, you know?" So suck it up and save it for therapy, kids. And no crying!


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