No, if you are a woman you can’t be a leader!
You don’t believe that? This article will change your mind.
Researchers at the Technische Universitaet in Munich conducted a study (started in January 2011 and concluded in 2014) entitled “Selection and Assessment of Leaders in Business and Academia“, aimed at examining how leaders in business and academia are selected and valued in Germany.
Participants in the study were presented with several scenarios within which potential leaders and their staff would be expected to work, and were asked about their expectations for leader performance in a specific scenario.
Here are some of the trends that emerged:
What can we learn from this study?
First of all, that stereotypes and prejudices still represent a difficult adversary to defeat, especially because they are invisible and able to act against us without us being aware of it.
Also, women are considered less suited to leadership and seem to have more obstacles to overcome and skills to prove (even to other women…) than men.
Finally, it seems that leadership is something only for sad, meddlesome people: we want the manly, scowling leader, ready for confrontation and fight in case of danger.
And then we’ll consider you.
What do you think?