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Studies have shown that relationships can either be the best or the worst thing to happen to women at work. Women have a greater capacity than men to affect one another’s professional performance–with better results for all if their interaction is good, and worse results if it is not.
In the business world, the number of women at or near the top has improved only marginally over the last 20 years. Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, a hallmark in describing the paucity of women at senior levels of business, argues the need for women to put out the effort, and to be more assertive.