Is Shape of CEO's Face a Measure of Power?08/29/11
MONDAY, Aug. 29 (HealthDay News) -- The width of a CEO's face
may predict how well a company performs, according to a new
Researchers compared the photos of 55 male CEOs of Fortune 500
organizations with their companies' financial performance. The
study included only men because previous research found that a link
between face shape and behavior applies only to men.
The firms of CEOs with wider faces, relative to face height,
performed much better than businesses led by CEOs with narrower
faces, said Elaine M. Wong, of the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee and colleagues.
The study will be published in an upcoming issue of the journal
Previous studies have shown that the ratio of face width to
height is associated with aggression, the researchers noted. For
example, hockey players with wider faces serve more penalties for
fighting and men with wider faces are regarded as less trustworthy
and they feel more powerful.
"Most of these are seen as negative things, but power can have some positive effects," Wong said in a journal news release.
She explained that people who feel powerful are better at
staying on task and tend to look at the big picture instead of
focusing on small details.
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