04/05/2013 10:21 am ET

Lonely at the Top: Being a Lady Boss Without Mentors

Two years ago, when I was 29, I accepted a job with the word “executive” in the title. I’d read all the studies on women in management positions and was understandably nervous about being a boss. Female bosses are often considered less likable by many accounts, and not just by male employees. In one British survey, a quarter of women said that female bosses were more likely to be insecure backstabbers, who brought their personal baggage to work and spent too much time worrying about their appearance. I didn’t want to be like that, but didn’t know what a good boss looked like either.

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