Effects of facial attractiveness and gender on causal attributions of managerial performance

Abstract

The present study examined the effect of facial attractiveness and gender on raters' evaluations of and explanations for managerial performance. Results showed attractiveness to be a potential liability for both males and females. Good performance of attractive females was more likely than that of others to be attributed to luck or bias, while that of attractive males was viewed as occurring with little effort. In addition, the poor performance of attractive individuals was blamed on lack of effort (females) or lack of ability (males). Implications of these findings are discussed.

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An earlier version of this paper was published in the 1986 Proceedings of the Southern Management Association.

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Spencer, B.A., Stephen Taylor, G. Effects of facial attractiveness and gender on causal attributions of managerial performance. Sex Roles 19, 273–285 (1988). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00289838

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Keywords

  • Social Psychology
  • Poor Performance
  • Managerial Performance
  • Causal Attribution
  • Facial Attractiveness