Why Women Don’t Want Women for Bosses


Check out this interesting piece from YouBeauty:

Weeks before beginning her new position at one of the country’s largest real estate developers, Olivia Myles* received an email from her soon-to-be-boss, Claire. “She told me, ‘You’re very intelligent and I so look forward to working with you,’ and I was thrilled,” Myles recalls. “Not only would I be working for a woman, but someone who understood that I was an untapped resource.” Then the job started and the story changed drastically. “It ended up being the opposite—an abusive and terrible relationship.”

Myles, 31, worked her way up from administrative assistant to San Francisco regional director of marketing, but not before transferring to a different team with a (male) manager who wasn’t trying to thwart her success, take credit for her work, leave her off important emails and callously shoot her down. “I think women are extremely competitive with each other in the work place,” Myles says. “Rather than solidarity there’s a schism.”

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  • silvergirl_007

    I hate the title of this article.  It breeds a woman v. woman sentiment because it assumes it’s true.  But I’m female and love having a woman for a boss.  My best bosses have been female and become amazing mentors and champions for me!  The leaders I most respect have been female.  Many women managers have worked hard and are very secure.  I have also been well-liked by the women I’ve managed – and it’s never occurred to me to think of them as competition.  So I think it really depends on the individual person and depends on their personal maturity and level of secure-ness.  I’ve had wonderful and horrible male bosses too.  I hate that the writer just made an assumption that is really harmful to women everywhere.

    • Stephanie Stevens

      I agree the title will certainly give you that I hate women and I’m a women too vibe. But I can’t completely agree or disagree with this article. On one hand I have had terrible male and female bosses but on the other hand I think the article failed to explain why female bosses who do ensue this iron fist mindset is many women feel overlooked or not taking even seriously in the first place so they go on the defensive. It’s like black people we automatically feel we have more to prove because we are considered less as women. But to argue the point of women being bitchy is going to an elementary point. Some women are terrible bosses because of their personality also men as well. I think people should take it for more of a point of view of not having the skills to be a boss vs having a vagina which makes you a terrible boss. Many men and women are not trained or educated in ways to deal with employees in a leadership position. I’m a female and I plan on being a great boss because of being effective not bitchy.

  • Debbiepinchot

    This article is Great. It’s so accurate. It has happen to me so many times. Jealousy is so common. I have had many female bosses. They were all difficult. I have had 2 male. They were both extremely helpful in my career.