Although women leaders struggle with being effective and yet show compassion, both men and women leaders alike may exert positive or negative attributes. Many say Alpha Females have a tendency to be self-serving and aggressive whereas, in fact, many female leaders will purposefully focus their energy in the "greater good." In my serious, yet humorous new book, Alpha Female, I address the modern description of positive female leaders and their negative counterparts, revealing transformational tips and strategies to assist in a positive makeover.

Alpha Fees are strong, positive leaders who enjoy being in charge, yet are great team-players and enjoy establishing win-win situations. They are ready for good challenges and appreciate them, and strive to win by doing their best. They mind their own business and have consistently advanced in their position of power. Their battles are fair: they win out of their own merit and not by throwing dirt on their opponent. Both men and women respect these Alphas, as they know they will always focus on the greater good rather than on any personal gain.

Alpha Fee Bees, instead, seem to be strong on the outside but they are weak on the inside. They are negative leaders who enjoy being in charge for fear of being in someone else's charge. Many Alpha Fee Bees believe they are good leaders and yet, they don't work well with others and boycott initiatives where others will shine, even if the initiative will benefit their organization. They are in a hurry to secure their position of power and would rather win alone than share the glory. These Alphas are insecure and anxious, and constantly worry of others taking their power. They are self-centered and constantly watch their back. They end up fulfilling their own prophecy: many will overpower them when they see the opportunity, as they may end up tired of dealing with the excessive toxicity these Alphas spread in the workplace.

How have you dealt with an Alpha Fee Bee boss? What has been helpful and what proved to be a lethal strategy? Would you like to share your battle wounds?


DR. GABY CORA is author of Alpha Female and Leading under Pressure. She's a medical doctor and board-certified psychiatrist and practices integrative psychiatry at the Florida Neuroscience Center. In addition to her doctorate degree, she has a master's in business administration and is a corporate consultant and wellness coach with the Executive Health & Wealth Institute.

About the Author

Gabriela Cora, M.D., M.B.A.

Gabriela Cora, M.D., M.B.A., hosts Dr. Gaby's Take: Make Life Interesting. She’s a medical doctor with a master's in business administration.

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