Over the years our
coaching organisation
(Image Group International)
has advised many, many female clients (from very senior to junior ranks) who have remarked that their female bosses may have sabotaged them in their career aspirations. Recent research in the Executive PA publication confirms the same. (see below) To this effect, we designed our professional coaching programs in a manner that guides our clients on a path of self-responsibility and elimination of any victim based thinking, with the end result seeing the client reclaiming their personal power.

Do you work for a man or a woman? Do you feel it makes any difference to your career? You might be surprised to learn that some of the perils of working for the “wrong” female boss may unfortunately include you missing out on a promotion – especially if you’re a female.

In this day and age, you would think we have all come a long way in managing our own teams, however, experience tells us otherwise.

“It’s been dubbed ‘Queen Bee’ syndrome – and now research confirms that female bosses make it harder for women in the workplace. Typically a female boss offers more support and advice to make co-workers, found a survey from the US of more than 2,000 employees. An older German study also discovered that if you’re a female with a woman boss you suffer from depression, insomnia, headaches and heartburn, than those working for male bosses. So, why the lack of sisterly support? Researchers suggest that females who have excelled in their careers may want to blend in once they reach the top of the career ladder and avoid standing out against their male peers. Unsurprisingly, in a separate British survey a whopping two-thirds of females said they preferred working for a male superior so it seems the newer surveys hold some truth.”   Executive PA

What do you think, have you experienced this syndrome?