What makes a CEO? Tall, deep voice and marathoner

October 05, 2014

What makes a CEO? Tall, deep voice and marathoner

A few fun (funny) facts about CEOs. The point of the article I read was that as much as we want  diversity at the top, stereotypes persist, persist and persist:

1. 30% of Fortune 500 CEOs are taller than 6 feet 2 inches. Only 3.9% of Americans are this tall. Big significant difference. Advice: Decide on your career path after you measure your height.4. 

2. In a study of CEOs giving speeches, voice quality accounted for 23% of evaluations while content only accounted for 11% (Quantified Communications). Advice: Movie stars should apply.

3. When listening to 792 male CEOs giving presentations to investors, the ones with the deepest voices earned approximately $187,000 more than the average (University of California, San Diego and Duke University). Advice: take voice lessons.

4. CEOs who have finished a marathon were worth 5% more on average than those other slacker CEOs (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and University of Cologne). Advice: Get out those running shoes.


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Leslie Gaines-Ross
Leslie Gaines-Ross

As Weber Shandwick’s Chief Reputation Strategist, I focus on the ever changing world of reputation. For the past 25 years, I have relentlessly observed, researched and commented on the rise and fall of corporate and CEO reputations.

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