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Shine Theory: Why Powerful Women Make the Greatest Friends is an interesting read. I think it may be human nature to be jealous – jealousy is a good motivator, but you have to fight against it to stop from becoming constantly dissatisfied. This seems like another way to re-interpret that tendency in a positive way, but actively appropriating successful women into the their lives so their association becomes a source of strength.
I have to add that there is such a thing as reflected glory, which is most commonly exhibited by sycophants who try to associate themselves with powerful people and in that indirect way, to appropriate some of that greatness for themselves.
I suppose it comes down to self-assurance, because only a truly self-confident person can genuinely feel happy for the success of those around her.