The Glass Cliff Revisited
The Glass Cliff Revisited: Why Stereotype Endorsement Predicts Leadership Selection
- Keywords: discrimination, hiring practices, gender, stereotype
- Student Investigator:
- Faculty Mentor: Amanda Sesko, Ph.D.
- Project Period: January 2013–July 2013
- URECA: $600
This research focuses on a unique form of discrimination termed the glass cliff, the process by which women are preferentially selected for leadership positions during times of crisis, while their male counterparts are more likely to achieve those positions during times of success. The study was designed to fill a gap in existing research by investigating whether these well-established findings are moderated by race and the endorsement of common stereotype content domains of warmth and competence. Ultimately, the purpose of this research is to contribute to our current understanding of workplace inequality by offering an explanation as to the conditions under which White women, Black men, and Black women are systematically underrepresented in organizational leadership positions. Depending on the outcome of the data, a discussion of the findings will be submitted in the form of a research article to a social psychology journal, with the end goal of publication and possible presentation at next year’s Annual Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conferences.