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I have never in my advertising career reported to a woman. Wondering how many of the issues I have in my current and former role would have been different if I had a female boss. Thoughts?

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Most of my female bosses have been nightmares (I’m a woman). Backstabbing, micromanaging, abusive, demeaning, passive/aggressive. Horrible. Not that I haven’t had bad male bosses but def not to the degree I’ve had bad women bosses. And don’t get me started on all women teams. It’s like high school mean girls.
Balance is good.

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Agree with SVP 1. I’ve had great & horrible female bosses and great and mediocre male bosses. It all depends on their personality and how it mixes with yours. The strongest teams celebrate diversity of thought, and yes all-female teams can be a nightmare.

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I had a female dept head and it was awesome. So much smoother. Such a good role model. Often find myself applying what I saw her do to my own team.

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I've had 4 women and 2 men as bosses. All were wonderful except one woman and I was already at like my 10 year mark of my career having had only great bosses so I was totally not equipped to handle it. It almost broke me but I ended up leaving before it happened. I don't believe that women are worse bosses and refuse to even remotely suggest that. I do believe natural female management style is better and more effective perhaps than male. But that's been rarely the case in the decades past when women only were allowed or expected to act like men in senior positions in order to succeed and were forced to viciously compete with each other for the one spot. Which is unnatural and results in disaster. Really hoping with upcoming growing societal shifts it will finally get better when women are actually allowed to be themselves as managers and not act like dbags.

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I’ve been doing this for 40 years, and my absolute best bosses have all been women. (I’m female.) I find they manage with perceptiveness and sensitivity, rather than by intimidation with some harassment thrown in, as is the case with many of my male bosses. I also had some great men bosses too. But when I think of my best experiences, and when I did my absolute best creative because I wasn’t afraid...it was all while working for women

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Don't romanticize it. We ladies aren't necessarily a picnic either. Just like guys, depends on the one you get.

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And PS can we get a round of applause for badass CD1? 40 years in advertising. You are a warrior my dear. I salute you! 🙏🏼

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Mostly I guess if people who have had both find a noticeable difference. I’m the only female on my current leadership team. It’s tough

I had a female boss who would listen and respect it when my male counterpart asked questions about her decisions, but when I very nicely said the same kinds of things to her, she told me I wasn’t respecting her authority 🤷🏻‍♀️

I can only speak to my own experience, but personally I’ve felt a lot closer to female bosses I’ve worked with in my career than male ones. Maybe because there’s a sense of kinship or maybe because I just don’t feel like I have to overcome as many barriers to be understood. Or maybe just because of my own weird hang-ups, really. Those resulted in almost equally desirable and undesirable qualities, for all the reasons you’d expect closer, more personal relationships with one’s bosses to be both good and bad.

One benefit of visible female leadership that I’ve overlooked the significance of in the past is just the demonstration of what that looks like and being able to learn from their experience: how they got where they are and seeing their successes and frustrations as they get where they’re going next.

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