Pseudoleadership as a contributor to the URM faculty experience

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

2 Scopus citations


Pseudoleadership for faculty underrepresented in medicine (URM) has been defined as when URM faculty are placed in leadership positions only because of the racial and ethnic diversity they bring, when they are not ready or trained for such roles because of being early in their faculty careers. It occurs when senior leaders push early career URM faculty into spaces where it is difficult for them to be successful. Pseudoleadership can open up URM faculty to manipulation by superiors and impact URM advancement, as work of leadership positions take time away from scholarship and other activities which institutions value for promotion. Pseudoleadership is typically a problem for early career URM faculty and can be seen when ranks such as lecturer or assistant professor are placed in leadership or other administrative positions without careful thought on how to support the advancement and promotion of this group. In this manuscript the authors discuss pseudoleadership, its impact on the advancement and development of faculty who are underrepresented in medicine and a path forward.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-76
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the National Medical Association
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2023


  • Academic medicine
  • Pseudoleadership
  • Underrepresented minority faculty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


Dive into the research topics of 'Pseudoleadership as a contributor to the URM faculty experience'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this