It's a man's world! the role of political ideology in the early stages of leader recruitment

Burak Oc, Ekaterina Netchaeva*, Maryam Kouchaki

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Previous research has demonstrated the impact of political ideology on a wide variety of psychological and behavioral processes. Contributing to this research, we examine the effect of organizational decision makers’ political ideology and job candidates’ gender on how the decision makers communicate information about leadership positions to the candidate. In five studies, we demonstrate that decision makers who are more conservative exhibit gender bias by providing a female (versus male) candidate with a less positive description of a leadership position, an effect driven by the decision makers’ felt anxiety. We further show that making information on women's success in leadership positions salient diminishes the effect of political ideology insofar as both more and less conservative decision makers will exhibit similar levels of positivity when communicating with a prospective female candidate. Finally, we discuss the theoretical and practical implications of our findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-41
Number of pages18
JournalOrganizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
Volume162
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2021

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Gender bias
  • Leadership
  • Political ideology
  • Threat

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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