She Leads In-Conversation with Professor Michelle Ryan & Hala Batainah

She Leads In-Conversation with Professor Michelle Ryan & Hala Batainah

23 Aug 2022

YWCA Canberra She Leads In-Conversation

6 – 8.30pm Tuesday 23 August, Kambri Cultural Centre ANU

Women in leadership and the glass cliff: A sense of being up high, yet teetering on the edge

Theresa May. Julia Gillard. Jacinda Ardern. Angela Merkel. Other than being politicians and at one point, heads of their country, what else do they have in common? They’re all examples of the glass cliff phenomenon. This term, first coined in 2005 by Professor Michelle Ryan and Professor Alex Haslam, has been used to describe the phenomenon where women (and members of other marginalised groups) are more likely to occupy leadership roles in times of crisis.

Here’s what Professor Ryan told Broad Agenda about the glass cliff phenomenon.

“We see the glass cliff as a relatively new and reasonably subtle form of prejudice that occurs once women start to shatter the glass ceiling. The increased scrutiny and risk of failure makes such positions likely to be stressful and sub-optimal. Indeed, research also describes a parallel ‘saviour effect’, such that once all is going well again, those on glass cliffs are replaced by more traditional leaders.”

YWCA Canberra is hosting Professor Ryan, the inaugural Director of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, and Hala Batainah, Chair of the Canberra Innovation Network for a fascinating She Leads In-Conversation where Professor Ryan will be discussing her research in women’s leadership and the glass cliff phenomenon.

After the In-Conversation there will be an opportunity to meet other like-minded women and non-binary people and connect over food and drinks.

Professor Michelle Ryan

Professor Ryan is a Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology and the inaugural Director of the Global Institute of Women’s Leadership at The Australian National University. Her research examines workplace gender equality, with a focus on systemic solutions rather than ‘fixing’ women. With Alex Haslam, she uncovered the phenomenon of the glass cliff. Since its discovery, the term ‘glass cliff’ has entered public discourse and the concept informs and shapes debate and the public understanding of women’s leadership positions. The New York Times named the glass cliff as one of the Top 100 ideas that shaped 2008.

Hala Batainah

Hala Batainah is currently managing her portfolio career, which includes coaching executives and first time CEOs, emerging female leaders and high performing teams. She is Chair of the Canberra Innovation Network; an organisation creating impact for Canberra by accelerating start-ups, innovation and entrepreneurship.

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