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Lonely at the Top: Being a Lady Boss Without Mentors

5 Apr

Lonely at the Top: Being a Lady Boss Without Mentors

(By Ann Friedman for The Cut.)

Even though women have been making incremental progress in the professional world, I’ve suffered the same acute lack of older female mentors as women of previous generations. While I’ve learned many important lessons from male bosses I’ve had, it’s no secret that powerful women face some particularly thorny issues as they try to be effective leaders. Be nice but not too nice. Firm but not too firm. Personal but not too personal. More than once in my career, I’ve thought that it might be nice to have a woman in the next office over who’s been there before and might have a few words of wisdom to impart about the gender landscape of the professional world, about how it looks five or ten years from now (or even five or ten years ago).

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