Why do organizations exploit the "glass cliff" phenomenon by selecting women for leadership roles during crises, even when they know the outcome is unlikely to be positive?

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  • To cover up the failures of previous male leaders
  • By placing women in challenging situations, organizations can use them as scapegoats if the outcomes are unfavorable
  • Women are believed to possess inherent skills and traits that make them better equipped to handle crises
  • It is a precarious situation where a female leader's failure can reinforce the notion that returning to male leadership standards is necessary
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      Seema Waghmareswaghmare

      The phrase “shattering the glass cliff” refers to a concept that describes the phenomenon where women or other underrepresented individuals are more likely to be appointed or promoted to leadership positions when organizations are experiencing difficulties, such as declining performance, financial instability, or a crisis.
      The glass cliff metaphorically represents the barrier or obstacle these individuals face as they ascend to leadership roles. There is a higher risk of failure in these challenging circumstances, and those appointed to leadership positions during such times face significant challenges in turning the situation around. The concept of the glass cliff is often used to highlight the phenomenon of women being placed in leadership positions as a form of symbolic representation or as a response to public pressure for diversity. It raises concerns that these individuals may be set up for failure or face greater scrutiny and criticism due to the inherent challenges of their situation.
      Shattering the Glass Cliff: Unveiling the Hidden Risks for Women in Leadership (msn.com)

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