Solon High School PTA Diversity & Inclusion
Classism: The Power of Labels
What We Learned Following Our November Lesson:
The labels we attach to people carry power to influence how we perceive them in terms of their competence, their behavior and their capabilities. Research has been done in business on on trainees labeled "high potential" vs. "average." Trainees who had been given the "high potential" label had more positive interactions with the team leaders; those labels influenced the ways that leaders perceived and interpreted the trainees' behavior. They saw behavior in the trainees that they thought was consistent with being high potential and the leaders invested more effort in coaching those trainees. In turn, the trainees enjoyed that interaction more. "This is the power of labels."
-- Professor Lisa Nichii, PhD, Cornell University