Failure is not an option for Black women: Effects of organizational performance on leaders with single versus dual-subordinate identities

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We contribute to a current debate that focuses on whether individuals with more than one subordinate identity (i.e., Black women) experience more negative leader perceptions than do leaders with single-subordinate identities (i.e., Black men and White women). Results confirmed that Black women leaders suffered . double jeopardy, and were evaluated more negatively than Black men and White women, but only under conditions of organizational failure. Under conditions of organizational success, the three groups were evaluated comparably to each other, but each group was evaluated less favorably than White men. Further, leader typicality, the extent to which individuals possess characteristics usually associated with a leader role, mediated the indirect effect of leader race, leader gender, and organizational performance on leader effectiveness. Taken together, these results suggest that Black women leaders may carry a burden of being disproportionately sanctioned for making mistakes on the job. © 2012 Elsevier Inc.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rosette, AS; Livingston, RW

Published Date

  • September 1, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 48 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 1162 - 1167

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1096-0465

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-1031

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jesp.2012.05.002

Citation Source

  • Scopus