Ross presents some evidence on gender differences in organisations. Amongst other findings he covers 'Think Manager Think Male' and the glass cliff (where women can be put in precarious leadership positions). Drawing upon a Harvard Business Review he agrees that the route to leadership for women and other minorities is more labyrinthine than a ceiling. He finishes with a paper that suggests it's time to introduce positive discrimination to accelerate gender equality. The take away is a clarion call - to flag micro-behaviours - both good and bad.
Below - the live studio audience for this episode. Seems appropriate that Fiona was on the top cushion!
Think Crisis–Think Female: The Glass Cliff and Contextual Variation in the Think Manager–Think Male Stereotype
Journal of Applied Psychology 2011, Vol. 96, No. 3, 470 – 484
Michelle K. Ryan University of Exeter and University of Groningen
S. Alexander Haslam and Mette D. Hersby University of Exeter
Renata Bongiorno University of Queensland (2010)
Women and the Labyrinth of Leadership
Alice Eagley and Linda Carli
Harvard Business Review (September 2007)
The shackled runner: time to rethink positive discrimination?
Work, employment and society (2010)
Vol 24(4): 728-739
Mike Noon - Queen Mary University of London