I'm looking for a word to positively describe (flatter) a female leader (VP/CEO/...). The word should reflect her great ability, high status and incredible power, in a good manner.
One of the candidate words I have found is mistress. According to the dictionary, it means:
a woman who has power, authority, or ownership
However, it can also mean:
a woman other than his wife with whom a married man has a continuing sexual relationship
This meaning is clearly improper here.
headmistress looks safer, for which the dictionary only lists one definition:
a woman heading the staff of a private school
I'm not sure if this word can also be used for "a woman heading an enterprise".
My question is two-fold:
About the words themselves:
Is it only possible from context if mistress means "a powerful woman" or "a female lover"?
Would headmistress ever be construed as "a head female lover (among all the lovers of a man)"?
What is the masculine counterpart of mistress? The closest I have found is master, which has the meaning of "a powerful man", but not "a male lover".
Is mistress or headmistress a good word to use here? Are there any better choices?