„A father and his son drive together in a car and have a horrible car accident. The father is dead at once, while the son is taken to the hospital. There he is immediately brought to the operating theatre. The doctor takes a quick look at him and says: „I can’t operate on him, he’s my son“

(Stöger, Ziegler & David, 2004, P. 515)

This question, who the doctor was, was posed by Stöger and the others to students that were studying success concepts of academic persons. Only one third of the students came up with the correct solution, namely that the doctor is the mother of the injured child.

This experiment clarifies two points:

1. Gender stereotypes or unconscious bias influence our perception- in this case the attribution of leadership potential.

2. The Leadership habits is still strongly associated with masculine attributes.

Angelica Marte and Jasmin Wenzel dedicate their article „Leaders are made, not born – What we really think about leading women“ to the connection between gender stereotypes and the assessment of women’s potential for leadership. This is done from two different scientific perspectives- from a psychological and a social one.

Here you can read the whole article: Leaders are made, not born – What we really think about leading women

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