Symposium 2272 - Leadership In Times Of Crisis: What Motivates Glass Cliff Appointments?

Leadership and followership
Friday May 19   04:15 PM to 05:45 PM (1 hour 30 minutes)
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Leadership and management
Managing diversity
Leadership in times of crisis: 
What motivates glass cliff appointments?
A. Ihmels 1, J. Wegge 1,
1TU Dresden, Dresden, Germany, 
Main Abstract Content: State of the Art
The Glass Cliff phenomenon refers to women being preferentially appointed to leadership positions in times of crisis. So far research has focused on establishing the robustness of this phenomenon in different contexts such as business and politics, and on the investigation of a variety of underlying mechanisms. This symposium includes five contributions that broaden our understanding of the mechanisms driving the glass cliff.
New Perspectives/Contributions 
Acar et al. investigated the influence of sexist attitudes on leader appointments. Whereas hostile sexism affected leader appointment in poorly performing companies, benevolent sexism was more relevant in successful companies. Darouei et al. aimed to resolve the paradox that women are more risk-averse than men but nonetheless seemed more willing to accept risky leadership positions. Kulich et al. experimentally examined the preference of ethnic-minority political candidates for hopeless seats, and advance signal of change intentions as explaining mechanism.
The last two contributions present evidence for contextual variations. Ihmels et al. show experimentally that participants highly identified with the company were more likely to make decisions in accordance with the company’s needs. Finally Gartzia et al. refine the think crisis–think female association by illustrating that the glass cliff only occurred in crises characterized by a lack of communal competences.
Research/Practical Implications
We invite symposium attendees to engage in a discourse about the integration of differing mechanisms and context variables offered by glass cliff literature as well as setting a focus for future directions.
Discussant: Michelle Ryan


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