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New study on proactive behavior

A new publication shows that men and women do not benefit equally from demonstrating proactive behavior: Reporting an example of proactive behavior in a hiring interview leads to a higher appraisal of a person's agency. However, this assessment leads to a lower likability rating for women. Thus, women may be at a disadvantage when they engage in proactive behavior in which they appear less likable. This could have implications in employment, however, the experiments do not show reduced chances of being hired.


Hernandez Bark, A. S., Seliverstova, K., & Ohly, S. (2021). Getting credit for proactivity? The effects of gender. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.