Phenomenon whereby individuals belonging to particular groups are more likely to be found in leadership positions that are associated with a greater risk of failure and criticism.
See also: glass ceiling
Additional notes and information
According to research by the University of Exeter, women and minority groups are, for example, more likely to be appointed as CEOs of a failing company rather than a successful one, making their position risky and difficult.
University of Exeter Psychology Department. Available at: http://psychology.exeter.ac.uk/research/glasscliff/