When the Boss Makes Less than Employees

Nikki Barua, who runs the women’s leadership program Beyond Barriers, says her clients in managerial positions sometimes feel underpaid relative to subordinates and are unsure whether discrimination is a factor. Bosses need to recognize there are often valid reasons behind pay, she says, and advises managers to pay more attention to what their fellow bosses make.

Keep your ego in check by viewing your skill as a blessing. Remember that others might be equally good at different jobs that the labor market rewards less generously.

Nikki Barua