Women in Senior Management = 24%

Women comprise 24% of senior management roles globally and 22% in the US, per a Grant Thornton International Business Report which draws on approximately 6,700 respondents.

Brand-based online communities

A burgeoning number of brands are establishing consumer-centric online communities. A January 2012 University of Michigan study suggested that consumers spend, on average, 19% more after having joined such a brand-based online community.

“After controlling for several factors, the authors found that the quantity and quality of friendly relationships with other customers was key. Customers [...]

Psychopathy + High-Potential = CEO

In The Wisdom of Psychopaths, research psychologist Kevin Dutton highlights some psychopathic qualities which are frequently billed as essential to corporate leadership, e.g.:

Persuasiveness Beguiling charm Focus under pressure

In stressful situations, most people become agitated. Psychopaths, however, tend to calm during “moments of heightened tension.” This emotional self-control may be one of the enviable [...]

Baldly going where no leader has gone before…

This contradicts my experience, but nonetheless intrigued (and inspired hope):

“Men with shaved heads are perceived to be more masculine, dominant and, in some cases, to have greater leadership potential than those with longer locks or with thinning hair, according to a recent study out of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.”

From, “Study shows [...]

The Icarus Paradox

A Kellogg School of Management study underscores that the more flattery we receive, the more we allow our self-impressions to be inflated. According to this study, this holds true for CEOs and constitutes “the Icarus Paradox:”

“’What we are saying,’” Stern explains, ‘is that with CEO status, the greater the status, the more flattery and [...]