12 May 2024

Suze Wilson: The Glass Cliff

From Sunday Morning, 11:00 am on 12 May 2024

It's been nearly 20 years since the researchers, Michelle Ryan and Alexander Haslam, documented a phenomenon they called the glass cliff. This tendency for women leaders to only break through the glass ceiling when the organization is in crisis, making it more difficult for them to succeed. Recent examples include Stephanie Pope at Boeing and Linda Yaccarino at X (formerly Twitter). 

Dr Suze Wilson is a Senior Lecturer at Massey University’s School of Management. 

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA - MARCH 25: The exterior of the Boeing Company headquarters is seen on March 25, 2024 in Arlington, Virginia. Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun announced he intends to leave the company by the end of the year in the wake of ongoing safety concerns with the company's jetliners. Boeing’s chairman Larry Kellner and the head of the commercial airplane unit, Stan Deal, are also exiting.   Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Kevin Dietsch / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)