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

“It is a revealing sign that the supposed death of longstanding biases has been greatly exaggerated.” The findings emerge from an analysis of background data collected from 362 executives taking a course at a major center for leadership training. The managers, who were 14% nonwhite and 31% female, worked for organizations with a mean number of about 4,700 employees, where they typically occupied positions high in the corporate hierarchy. Included in the data were assessments by an average of three to four peers regarding the executives’ commitment to diversity and ratings by their bosses with respect to warmth, competence and overall performance. 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.
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