Work life just isn’t what it used to be—and thank goodness for that. It’s no longer acceptable for men to call women “doll” in the office nor is it acceptable for companies to just blatantly and exclusively promote men. Nepotism is having its day in court. We are coming down hard on ageism and realizing there are a lot of great reasons to hire older employees. And another interesting thing is happening: there is no direct correlation between success and age. We have impressive individuals who are finally achieving the recognition they deserve granted a bit late in life and we also have people under 30 becoming CEOs. That does, however, create a dynamic that none of us really know how to handle: we can have bosses that are our age—if not younger. Here are some of the funny realities of having a female boss who is your age.
It’s hard not to compare
You may have worked very hard to get out of the habit of comparing your journey to others’, but all of that goes out the window when the CEO of your company is a year younger than you and a woman. You can no longer say “Oh that person is just more successful because she’s older” or “It’s just because he’s a man.” Those things aren’t true.