When women see other women as a threat: unpacking the queen bee syndrome

The "queen bee" in the workplace is said to be a woman who has reached a level of leadership or senior management who believes that she has made it on her own.

This is according to Mancosa academic and former human resource executive Dr Aradhana Ramnund-Mansingh.

Based on research, she further describes this woman as someone who is not prepared to develop or mentor other women to reach levels of leadership.

Unpacking the so-called "queen bee syndrome" Ramnund-Mansingh says there are other complexes mentioned in the research.

We have got the princess bee for example, who will support and develop you as long as you are not within her territory.

Dr Aradhana Ramnund-Mansingh, Mancosa academic and former human resource executive

Then we have something called the phantom bee, where if there is a position that is vacant in an organisation she will recommend a male over a female, even if the female is overqualified.

Dr Aradhana Ramnund-Mansingh, Mancosa academic and former human resource executive

The Cinderella complex - this in the workplace is your group of women who actually see another woman as a threat. They exhibit behaviours to actually bully and emotionally traumatise that woman.

Dr Aradhana Ramnund-Mansingh, Mancosa academic and former human resource executive

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