Executive Editor of The New York Times, Jill Abramson, had a less than ideal professional relationship with her former boss, Howell Raines, she said, and that experience taught her many valuable lessons about enduring friction with co-workers. She did not feel that Raines disliked her due to gender, she explained, though she admitted that they simply did not “click” in a professional capacity.
“At first, it caused me a lot of pain,” Abramson said, “then I did endless amounts of self-analysis. Sometimes I blamed and questioned myself. It was the first time I had encountered it.”
When asked about how Raines’ dislike of her manifested itself, Abramson told us that he would “dress her down” on a number of issues in the newsroom, doubting her abilities or judgment.
“It was a shame because, at the end of the day, we’re both very aggressive editors who care passionately about the news. So in many ways we should have been a great team. And I’m sure that, in re-visiting that time, I was hardly blameless in the situation,” she said.
Abramson eventually walked away with a powerful lesson from the experience: “I think it’s helpful for everyone to go through something like that,” she concluded. “It makes you stronger because you learn to stand up for yourself and believe in yourself.”
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