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Debora Spar, Barnard President, On The Difference Between Male And Female-Dominated Workplaces (VIDEO)

09/20/2013 03:51 pm ET | Updated Sep 23, 2013

As someone who is familiar with the nuances of both female-dominated and male-dominated workplaces, Barnard College president Debora Spar knows that there are some fundamental differences between the two.

Spar delved into her experience working in both arenas -- before Barnard she was at Harvard Business School -- during a HuffPost Live segment this week, calling for more diverse workplaces for both men and women.

“I think I have been really lucky in the regard that I did get to operate in a very male place and a very female place -- and I think that it’s worth noting that they operate differently,” Spar told host Alyona Minkovski. “It’s not a normative thing. I don’t think a women-dominated workplace is better than a male-dominated [workplace], but it is different.”

Spar highlights the different workplace characteristics in her new book, “Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection” -- some of which she says are backed by evidence, and others were discovered through her career.

"I think men have a better sense of 'This is my boss and I listen to him or her because they’re my boss'; women tend to behave in a more relationship-based way," she said. "I don’t say this as one is better or worse than the other, but they feel very, very different."

Check out the clip above for more of Spar's differences between the two workplaces and watch the full HuffPost Live segment here.

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