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A face only an investor could love: CEOs' facial structure predicts their firms' financial performance.
Psychol Sci. 2011 Dec; 22(12):1478-83.PS

Abstract

Researchers have theorized that innate personal traits are related to leadership success. Although links between psychological characteristics and leadership success have been well established, research has yet to identify any objective physical traits of leaders that predict organizational performance. In the research reported here, we identified leaders' facial structure as a specific physical trait that correlates with organizational performance. Specifically, we found that firms whose male CEOs have wider faces (relative to facial height) achieve superior financial performance. Decision-making dynamics within a firm's leadership team moderate this effect, such that the relationship between a given CEO's facial measurements and his firm's financial performance is stronger in firms with cognitively simple leadership teams.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Communication, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI 53201, USA. wonge@uwm.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22042727

Citation

Wong, Elaine M., et al. "A Face Only an Investor Could Love: CEOs' Facial Structure Predicts Their Firms' Financial Performance." Psychological Science, vol. 22, no. 12, 2011, pp. 1478-83.
Wong EM, Ormiston ME, Haselhuhn MP. A face only an investor could love: CEOs' facial structure predicts their firms' financial performance. Psychol Sci. 2011;22(12):1478-83.
Wong, E. M., Ormiston, M. E., & Haselhuhn, M. P. (2011). A face only an investor could love: CEOs' facial structure predicts their firms' financial performance. Psychological Science, 22(12), 1478-83. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797611418838
Wong EM, Ormiston ME, Haselhuhn MP. A Face Only an Investor Could Love: CEOs' Facial Structure Predicts Their Firms' Financial Performance. Psychol Sci. 2011;22(12):1478-83. PubMed PMID: 22042727.
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