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Overlooked Leadership Potential: The Preference for Leadership Potential in Job Candidates Who Are Men vs. Women

Player, Abigail, Randsley de Moura, Georgina, Leite, Ana C., Abrams, Dominic, Tresh, Fatima (2019) Overlooked Leadership Potential: The Preference for Leadership Potential in Job Candidates Who Are Men vs. Women. Frontiers in Psychology, 10 . p. 755. ISSN 1664-1078. (doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00755) (KAR id:73539)

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Abstract

Two experiments tested the value people attach to the leadership potential and leadership performance of female and male candidates for leadership positions in an organizational hiring simulation. In both experiments, participants (Total N = 297) valued leadership potential more highly than leadership performance, but only for male candidates. By contrast, female candidates were preferred when they demonstrated leadership performance over leadership potential. The findings reveal an overlooked potential effect that exclusively benefits men and hinders women who pursue leadership positions that require leadership potential. Implications for the representation of women in leadership positions and directions for future research are discussed.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00755
Uncontrolled keywords: leadership, potential, gender, women, talent management, hiring decision
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Centre for the Study of Group Processes
Depositing User: Ana Castro Leite
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2019 09:03 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:19 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/73539 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Randsley de Moura, Georgina: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6285-6128
Leite, Ana C.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7829-5641
Abrams, Dominic: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2113-4572
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