The Peter (not Paula) Principle


The Peter Principle states that people will rise in an organization to their level of incompetence. A recent HBR blog by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic explains why this might apply to men but not women. In essence, the attributes often associated with many high profile leaders (Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, etc.) are, much more frequently associated with failure than success but the failures are not as well publicized. In contrast, research suggests that women are more often linked to leadership styles that may be less flashy but are, on average more effective. However, in looking for the male archetypes, many incompetent men are promoted leaving few opportunities for effective women. This article would likely prime some rich class discussion on the topic. The following TED talk by Sheryl Sandberg will also spur discussion:

Contributed by Aya Chacar

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