There's definitely truth to this phenomenon and I like your likening it to broader society. I hadn't thought about that before, but it's right on. While I can't speak for the experience of all women or any people of color (as a white woman), I do agree that the employment decisions made by some leaders in some organizations are certainly indicative of the inequities that exist across society.

I suppose the advice I might give to people in this scenario is that if your manager can't give you concrete examples of why your performance isn't at the managerial level and/or doesn't partner with you on developing a roadmap to bridge those gaps, then perhaps they are part of this problem and you should look elsewhere.

--

--

I help startups and small businesses attract, engage, and retain the best talent at AdjunctLeadership.com → Join my mini leadership course: bit.ly/307AheB

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Jessica Donahue, PHR

Jessica Donahue, PHR

I help startups and small businesses attract, engage, and retain the best talent at AdjunctLeadership.com → Join my mini leadership course: bit.ly/307AheB

More from Medium

SoCiEtY iS cRuMbLiNg. But what if it’s actually not?

A Ringleader, Lion-tamer, or Clown?

Organizational stress now an omnipresent, ominous concern for businesses across America

Why Doesn’t Healthcare Improve Health?