If the challenge of shattering glass ceiling wasn’t enough, women have to navigate yet another obstacle to succeeding in the workplace: the glass cliff. This phrase describes occasions in which women are given top roles in a corporation when business performance is suffering. Women executives are given these positions even though chance of failure is high, and then are often held personally accountable when they can’t turn things around. In other words, otherwise capable women are being set up to fail.
So why do women even bother to take on these risky positions in the first place? Many view these precarious opportunities as their only shot at a top role, and see it as being worth the risk. Luckily, there are steps women can take to avoid falling off the glass cliff. Start by researching company insights and industry trends to assess potential risk, define what success in the role will look like, and factor risk into salary negotiations to help secure a competitive salary.
Check out the infographic from Fundera below for more tips on how to navigate the glass cliff: