What Makes a Leader?

3 December, 2019

What makes a leader? According to the Glass Cliff theory in social science, women are more likely to be put into leadership roles during times of crisis. Of the over 200 high profile men fired in the wake of #MeToo, nearly half were replaced by women. “This can end up well if they are successful, but be damaging if they are not — because the failure tends to be viewed not as indicative of the circumstances, but as indicative of the person’s race or gender.” So how is that cycle broken? By having more women in power — so that one woman’s experience doesn’t represent all women. There are other benefits to having more women in decision-making roles too, such as stronger market returns and superior profits.

The New York Times, 17 June 2019

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