Even though it may seem at times that manners & etiquette have all but disappeared in modern society, they still matter. Proper manners allow us to be comfortable around others.
Let’s be honest here, some professional events and occasions can really be awkward, choking you up a little, leaving you clueless at times. You don’t know what to do or what to say and you end up making a fool of yourself because you simply do not understand the difference between the etiquette rules in business and standard social settings.
IF YOU’RE THE HIGHER-RANKED PERSON OR HOST, ALWAYS INITIATE THE HANDSHAKE.
It’s pretty obvious, don’t you think? If you’re the dominant individual or host, regardless of gender, you should always reach out first. It displays a vibe of confidence and control because of your ability to reach out first, greeting them to your arena. ”If the higher-ranking person fails to do so immediately often because of gender confusion the lower-ranking person should extend his or her hand without missing more than a beat.”
Susie Wilson- Etiquette Expert