(Still) waiting in the wings: Group-based biases in leaders' decisions about to whom power is relinquished

Nathaniel J. Ratcliff, Theresa K. Vescio, Julia L. Dahl

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This research examined whether leaders exhibit race-based and gender-based biases in decisions about to whom to relinquish power. Across three studies, participants were placed in leadership roles in a simulated, online competition with either White male and/or Black male co-workers (Study 1a/1b) or White male and White female co-workers (Study 2). Results showed that after learning of their poor performance as leaders, participants relinquished more power to White male co-workers than Black male co-worker and more power to White male co-workers than White female co-workers. Together, the findings offer a novel examination of when and to whom power is given which can further inform our understanding of the underrepresentation of disadvantaged groups in leadership domains.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-30
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Experimental Social Psychology
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2015


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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