Event Title

A Study of Bias in Perceived Leadership Ability

Session Number

T01

Advisor(s)

Michelle Hoehn, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Location

A-135

Start Date

28-4-2016 9:15 AM

End Date

28-4-2016 9:40 AM

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Abstract

Leadership potential is one of the most coveted traits in candidates for college admissions, jobs, and promotions. However, one’s perceived leadership ability may be impacted significantly by bias. This project studies correlations between race, gender, and perceived leadership ability, as well as correlations between race, gender, and perceived professionalism, intelligence, and motivation, which have been shown to impact perceived leadership ability. Subjects were asked to rank how important motivation, intelligence, and professionalism are to leadership ability. Then, they were given images of three people, male or female, black or white, and dressed in formal, semiformal, or informal attire, and asked to rate each person’s motivation, intelligence, and professionalism, based solely on their appearance. Results will be presented at IMSAloquium.


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Apr 28th, 9:15 AM Apr 28th, 9:40 AM

A Study of Bias in Perceived Leadership Ability

A-135

Leadership potential is one of the most coveted traits in candidates for college admissions, jobs, and promotions. However, one’s perceived leadership ability may be impacted significantly by bias. This project studies correlations between race, gender, and perceived leadership ability, as well as correlations between race, gender, and perceived professionalism, intelligence, and motivation, which have been shown to impact perceived leadership ability. Subjects were asked to rank how important motivation, intelligence, and professionalism are to leadership ability. Then, they were given images of three people, male or female, black or white, and dressed in formal, semiformal, or informal attire, and asked to rate each person’s motivation, intelligence, and professionalism, based solely on their appearance. Results will be presented at IMSAloquium.