Ashley’s boss, Emily, has just given her an assignment that she has never done before. In fact, she has no background in the area and is not sure she can pull it off. It is a stellar opportunity for her and she wants to do what is best for her boss and her company . She …
Ashley’s female culture is “flat” not hierarchical. As a result she is not worried about losing position in the hierarchy (even if she should be worried) by telling her boss about her perceived shortcomings. Ashley’s concern is first and foremost to keep the company, department and boss safe by providing a heads-up rather than hiding potential shortcomings.