March 05, 2014

Could You Be the Boss? Facts

  • In a poll, only 6% of people said that women, overall, make better political leaders; with a vast majority (69%) saying men and women make equally good leaders. However, when asked about the individual leadership traits they find important, women dramatically outscored men in most categories, including honesty (50% said women, 20% said men), intelligence (38-14%), compassion (80% -5%) and creativity (62% -11%).

  • Optimism not only makes you happier; according to a study, it also makes you wealthier. The study found that ten years after graduation, law students who were optimistic earned an average salary of nearly $33,000 more per year versus their pessimistic peers.

  • While there’s no particular leadership gene, a study found that 24% of the traits leaders possess may be inherited.

  • Wal-Mart is the nation’s largest private employer with nearly than 1.4 million employees in the U.S. and 2.2 million world-wide.

  • A study found that in 43% of all couples, women make the decisions at home, compared with 26% of men, and 31% where the couples split the decision-making equally.

  • Studies have shown that nearly two out of three people (64%) will end up drawing an “ideal leader” who is taller than the “typical” citizen. On average, the “ideal leader” as illustrated by the participants was 12% taller than the “typical” citizen.

  • As evidence to suggest that a man’s height plays a significant role in his success, half of the companies on the Fortune 500 list were informally polled. It was found that while only 3.9 percent of adult American men are 6'2" or taller, 30 percent of the CEO’s of the companies were 6'2" or taller.

  • Of the world’s largest 2,500 public companies, there were 300 new incoming CEOs in 2012, 71% of which were hired from within the company.

  • According to a recent survey, age disparity in the office appears to be greater than ever, with 34% of workers claiming their boss is younger than them—and 15% of whom are at least 10 years older than their boss.

  • Creativity is an extremely important quality to have as a leader. A recent study found that a group of hikers immersed in nature for four days without any technology, increased their problem-solving and creativity by a whopping 50 percent!

  • 75% of executives recently polled said good physical fitness is "critical for career success at the executive level."

  • There are relatively few women bosses in the military. While 51% of the American population is female, a recent study found women only comprised 4% of the Army's generals, 3% of the Marine Corps' generals, 7% of the Navy's admirals, and 9 % of the Air Force's generals.

  • Persuasion is a critical element of leadership, as Dwight Eisenhower noted when he said: “You don’t lead by hitting people over the head—that’s assault, not leadership.”

  • A lot of people want to be their own boss. While the US government’s Small Business Administration defines small business as “an independent business having fewer than 500 employees,” 52% of all small businesses are home-based and 78.5% are self-employed individuals with no additional employees.

  • It’s good to be the boss. According to one analysis, in 2012, the median pay for CEOs rose 8% to $9.7 million!

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