Don’t wait until you get the powerful career to inhabit the space of a powerful person.
AFTER COUNTLESS wine-fueled conversations with girlfriends on whether they preferred working for a man or a woman—and, frankly, not liking what I was hearing—I decided the topic was going to be a cornerstone of the research for this book. So when I surveyed 700+ (presumably sober) executive women and asked them the same question—“Would you rather work for a man or a woman?”—the responses were also disturbing.
First, the good news: More than half of the respondents (56 percent) said gender didn’t matter. Here’s a snapshot of their comments:
“I want a smart boss.”
“My preference depends ...