Inflection Point: Work's Bad Girls

A controversial new book says women can be each other's worst enemies on the job

Armed with a Ph.D. in health-care administration, Linda Leavell felt prepared for any problems in her new job as an executive at a community hospital in the West. But shortly after she arrived, she began hearing unwelcome news about another female executive at the hospital. "People who reported to me started coming back and saying they were nervous about what she was asking them," says Leavell. "She was questioning them about the directions I was giving." Leavell soon found out why: the woman was using the information in an attempt to discredit her in the eyes of the hospital's CEO. Despite...

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