From http://www.marylaine.com/exlibris/xlib107.html, "Being an Anomaly: Male Librarians," a phrase describing people who are unexpectedly promote
d in their job and pushed toward management
work whether they seek it or not, because of characteristics they can't control. Metaphorically, the employee can't see that they've stepped onto an upward path. (In this article, it referred to male librarian
s, a minority
in the field, being expected to work in administration
rather than, say, children
The opposite of "glass ceiling," which women have sometimes confronted in career fields where they are a minority.