Gender quotas for leadership: Can they help establish effective role models for the next generation of women leaders?

Nater, Christa (11 September 2019). Gender quotas for leadership: Can they help establish effective role models for the next generation of women leaders? (Unpublished). In: Conference of the Swiss Society for Psychology (SGP). Bern, Switzerland. 09.09.-11.09.2019.

This research investigates how women leaders who were selected due to a quota or merit-based policy affect women’s interest in becoming leaders themselves. Results from two hiring simulation studies (N=625) indicated that women’s inclination to apply for leadership was increased only by the presence of merit-based, not quota-based, selected women leaders. The negligible effect of the quota-based selection was driven by perceptions of the woman leader’s lack of competence and deservingness of her position (Study 1). Accordingly, information about a quota-based selected woman leader’s subsequent success in the role was found to override the negative inferences about the leader’s deservingness and competence, thus enhancing her acceptance as a role model, and thereby inspiring women to apply for leadership—despite the woman leader’s initial quota-based selection (Study 2). These results suggest that gender quotas may only help establish effective female role models when the woman leader’s success in the leader role is clearly communicated.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Social Psychology and Social Neuroscience

UniBE Contributor:

Nater, Christa

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

Language:

English

Submitter:

Christa Nater

Date Deposited:

17 Sep 2019 13:08

Last Modified:

03 Oct 2019 18:36

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/133168

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