Q. Who greets first, the man or the woman? I remember reading an article that it is proper for the lady to extend the greeting first because a man would never ignore the woman. However, a woman can potentially snub a man if they greet first. But assume that the setting is in an office; is it different if between a male supervisor and a female colleague of a lower-level position?
A. In business, either may greet first, often with the “more important” person offering his/her hand first. Socially, however, the woman still extends her hand first. However, it would be rude of her not to take the hand of a man who initiated the greeting.