What lies beyond the glass ceiling? The glass cliff and the potential precariousness of women's leadership positions

Michelle Ryan, Alex Haslam

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the glass ceiling, but does this metaphor fully describe the experiences of women today? Recent research being conducted at the University of Exeter has identified a further barrier that women must conquer in order to succeed. Looks at “the glass ceiling” over a 20-year period. Extending the metaphor of the glass ceiling, we describe the phenomenon of the glass cliff whereby women are more likely to occupy risky or precarious leadership roles than are men. Takes the glass ceiling into the twenty-first century. Identifies current challenges facing women now they are in the workforce.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-5
Number of pages3
JournalHuman Resource Management International Digest
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1-Apr-2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Glass ceilings
  • Leadership
  • Sexual discrimination
  • Women executives

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