Many are disappointed that Uber’s final three CEO candidates are all men; however, female executives like Sheryl Sandberg and Susan Wojcicki have made it clear that they do not want the position. One pitfall that female candidates may be pondering is the “glass cliff” phenomenon: women who are promoted to leadership roles are often blamed for subsequent downturns, regardless of the leader’s actual performance.
“There are serious challenges for women who step into these roles,” explained Elizabeth Ames, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Alliances, and Programs at the Anita Borg Institute. “Because there are so few of them, the spotlight is much brighter, and if they don’t succeed, they aren’t judged in the same way a male CEO who didn’t succeed would be.
“As much as I would love to see more women chief executives, too often women get the cleanup jobs,” she said.
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