Research: Women Are Better Leaders During a Crisis

Updated: Aug 23, 2021

by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman - Published on Harvard Business Review

When discussing the careers of women leaders, there’s a phenomenon referred to as the “glass cliff.”

It’s obvious relative to the term glass ceiling, which describes the invisible barrier to advancement that women often face when they are up for promotion to the highest levels of an organization. The “glass cliff” describes the idea that when a company is in trouble, a female leader is put in charge to save it. When women are finally given a chance to prove themselves in a senior position, they are handed something that is already broken and where the chances of failure are high.

We see this happen frequently enough that it made us wonder, are women in fact more qualified to lead during a crisis? Could that be why they are handed the reins when times are tough?

During the Covid-19