No sauce for the gander: why ‘bullying’ women bosses tread a ...

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No sauce for the gander: why ‘bullying’ women bosses tread a perilous line

Bosses like Priti Patel and Sheryl Sandberg are called aggressive, but the same standard doesn't apply to men

Eleanor SteafelIt

It was a bad week for women in power. Priti Patel, Britain’s home secretary, has found herself at the centre of bullying allegations – again.

Following her dismissal from the department for international development in 2017, a senior figure was reportedly told, by staff from her private office, about numerous claims of staff being humiliated and coming under heavy pressure in e-mails. Now come fresh allegations – which Patel “categorically denies” – that she has mistreated staff in her current role.

In recent days she has been accused of being both a bully and not up to the job. Sir Philip Rutnam, the home office’s most senior official, resigned on Saturday, alleging that her conduct towards staff included “swearing, belittling people, making unreasonable and repeated demands”...

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