Influence in Times of Crisis: How Do Men and Women Evaluate Precarious Leadership Positions? University of Groningen and University of Exeter Study  
10/24/2012 7:32:28 AM

We've all heard of the "glass ceiling" but the recent economic crisis has illuminated another workplace phenomenon: the "glass cliff." Women seem to be overrepresented in precarious leadership positions at organizations going through crisis. Evidence is growing that more feminine leadership traits, such as being understanding and tactful, are believed to be desirable under such circumstances, causing people to make a "think crisis – think female" association.