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Why female leaders are seen as 'conniving'

After hearing several stories from both men and women complaining that ‘mean girls’ still exist in the workplace, authors Andrea Kramer and her husband Alton Harris explored whether there was indeed conflict at work between women.

The book It’s not you, it’s the workplace: Women’s conflict at work and the bias that built it, follows stories including one account where a woman described her previous female bosses as ‘b*****s’. The woman claimed that her female bosses had been so awful in the past, that she would now only work for men, the Financial Times reported.

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Comments (1)

  • Anna
    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 1:11pm BST
    I would consider myself a feminist but I can also acknowledge that the most backstabbing and rubbish bosses I've had have all been women! I hate to say it but it's true. I am loathe to try to explain why that is but it might be that women who have reached those positions of power perhaps have a certain personality type that has helped them get there, same way as for men, as not all men are in positions of power or want to be. But women/girls are different in groups from a young age, not just in the workplace. At school girls got into cliques and could be quite passively aggressive and nasty to each other, boys got into fights or simply ignored each other. WHY that is I don't know, it's just my observation. Not everything is about patriarchal oppression of women. Business rewards certain types of behaviours and personalities. If you want to change the behaviours, change the rewards.