Women And Minority Leaders Are Penalized For Fostering Diversity, Study Finds

The researchers discovered that, while women and nonwhites were rated by their peers as significantly more valuing of diversity than white males were, their efforts only earned them disfavor from their bosses. The study revealed that for the entire sample of 362 executives, the majority of whom were white males, valuing diversity gave a significant boost to ratings for warmth and performance. However, for women execs,it was negatively related to ratings for both variables, and for ethnic minorities it turned bosses’ thumbs down on competence. “Diversity-valuing behavior was negatively related only to evaluations of leaders who were nonwhite or female leaders who are thought to have the greatest potential to dismantle the glass ceiling,” the study’s authors wrote. “This finding suggests that minorities and women might be able to advance their own careers by acting as tokens and engaging in a low level of diversity-valuing behavior.” To determine whether the low ratings received by the nonwhite and female diversity-valuing managers reflect bosses’ doubts about these leaders’ objectivity in hiring and promoting individuals of their own gender or race, rather than them simply being biased, researchers conducted a behavioral experiment that enabled them to control key factors, such as the quality of job candidates. For the experiment, the study’s authors divided 395 college students in four groups, each of which viewed a presentation in which a human resources manager presented photos and information about four candidates for a position as project manager and advocated for one. The four candidates, as well as the four HR managers, were a white male, a while female, a nonwhite male and a nonwhite female. The white male HR manager advocated for each of the four candidates, each to a different audience. The white female manager advocated for either the white male or white female candidate, while the non-white male manager promoted the white male or nonwhite male applicant.
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