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Why are there only a few women at the top?

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  8 May 2015 12:00 AM GMT

London, May 7: Employers prefer male candidates with leadership potential over female applicants with proven leadership track records, new research has found. “The findings have implications for gender equality in the workplace and provide initial evidence that women’s leadership potential is not recognised by potential employers. This is a significant barrier to career progression and success for women,” said one of the researchers Abigail Player from the the University of Kent For the study, the researchers recruited 98 participants (39 women) in an online hiring simulation. Each participant was shown four potential applicants for a magerial role with roughly the same age. The applications differed by varying the applicant’s gender and assessments of leadership potential and leadership achievement. Participants evaluated each applicant for how successful they thought each would be in their career and which had the most impressive curriculum vitae (CV). Male applicants with leadership potential were most likely to be seen as successful and having the most impressive CV. While men with leadership potential were rated higher than men with leadership performance, female applicants with potential were not rated higher than those with performance. (IANS)

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