Sometimes, tough bosses are beloved because they push us to accomplish things we thought we couldn’t.
But is being a tough boss different for a woman than a man? It may be so, but the difference might lie in how words are used.
Men are considered “tough but fair,” while women are considered “petty” or “vindictive.”
If you’re a woman and the boss, emphasize your fairness. Say: “Life is not fair but I’m fair. My goal with you and everyone here is to be tough but fair.”
— Adapted from “Is Being a ‘Tough Boss’ Different for a Woman Than a Man?” Peggy Drexler, Huffington Post.