Fri., June 21, 2013 7:41am (EDT)

WORKING: Women In Power
By Joshua Stewart
Updated: 1 year ago

ATLANTA  —  
Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer has taken some shots over decisions she’s made in her first year on the job. Is Mayer facing extra scrutiny because she’s a woman in a powerful leadership role? Our workplace expert, Brandon Smith, explains what he often sees happen to women in leadership roles and how best to handle it. (Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/35034351734@N01/98179889/in/photolist-9FcsH-69HpG5-8SHgEF-8SLhYC-8SHfGp-8SLmh1-8SHh32-8SLkwJ-8SHh6a-8SHgq2-8SLm5W-8SLkAd-8SHgxM-8SLkE3-8SHgBF-21hoe-xdcCo-6yau4-AzM9d-2deq5X-427yAC-zUhV7-7M5Nb9-cwTSF-zUhTA-gdt3v-LzGEE-6rhqad-4CGMbR-2b7vR-4C1Umh-7T3t2c-7T6HWj-7T3sJe-7T3sAK-7T6HzQ-7T6HoN-7T6J3b-7T6HRy-7T3sDX-7T6HKL-7T6HUC-7T6Htm-7T3sva-7T6Hx7-7T3sFt-7T3sGx-7T6HQq-7T3sui-7T3sCR-7T3sZa>Niall Kennedy via Flickr</a>.)
Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer has taken some shots over decisions she’s made in her first year on the job. Is Mayer facing extra scrutiny because she’s a woman in a powerful leadership role? Our workplace expert, Brandon Smith, explains what he often sees happen to women in leadership roles and how best to handle it. (Photo Courtesy of Niall Kennedy via Flickr.)
Yahoo’s many work-at-home staffers are back in offices this summer after CEO Marissa Mayer ended the company’s longstanding telecommuting policy.

Since she took over at Yahoo last July, Mayer has faced high-profile scrutiny about the telecommuting decision, her maternity leave, and her acquisition strategy.

Some observers argue she’s facing more intense criticism because she’s a woman. Our own workplace expert and leadership consultant, Brandon Smith, offers his take on why that might be.

Brandon Smith teaches about leadership, communication, and workplace culture at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. More of his advice is on his blog and at theworkplacetherapist.com. While you’re there, ask him your workplace or career question. We might answer you in a future radio segment.