A brilliant article by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, on why it is that most leadership and management positions are offered to and given to men, and why so many “leaders” and managers are incompetent.
This article thorougly illustrates what the notion of “empty suit” really implies!
A couple of highlights from the article:
- what it takes to get the job is not just different from, but also the reverse of, what it takes to do the job well
- the main reason for the uneven management sex ratio is our inability to discern between confidence and competence. That is, because we (people in general) commonly misinterpret displays of confidence as a sign of competence, we are fooled into believing that men are better leaders than women
- manifestations of hubris and narcissism — often masked as charisma or charm — are commonly mistaken for leadership potential, and that these occur much more frequently in men than in women.
- As a result, too many incompetent people (men) are promoted to management jobs, and promoted over more competent people (women).