Younger Leaders: Challenges and Remedies

Leaders that do not match followers’ implicit prototype of how a leader looks like or what makes an effective leader (e.g., in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation) are less likely to emerge as a leader, and experience negative biases in how their performance is evaluated after they have obtained a leadership position.

This research topic centers on illuminating when and why non-prototypical leaders suffer, and which factors improve chances of non-prototypical leaders to rise on the career ladder and be seen as effective.


The research seminar of the winter semester 2019/20 Applied Research in Organizational Behavior B in the Master's program will focus on research questions on the relationship between stereotypes towards younger leaders and their perception as a typical and effective leader.

Selected Publications:

Buengeler, C., Homan, A. C., & Voelpel, S. C. (2016). The challenge of being a young manager: The effects of contingent reward and participative leadership on team-level turnover depend on leader age. Journal of Organizational Behavior37(8), 1224-1245. DOI: 10.1002/job.2101