The assumption that women in leadership positions will help other women ascend through the corporate ranks isn't always accurate, writes Peggy Drexler, an assistant professor of psychology in psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. One problem is that, because men still account for the majority of business leaders, some women feel the need to protect their authority from potential rivals. "Until top leadership positions are as routinely available to women as they are to men, freezing out the competition will remain a viable survival strategy," she writes.

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