Bald Head = Business Advantage

12 Oct

In the news…

Bald heads are a “business advantage” according to a recent study by the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Who knew?

In business, men with shaved heads are perceived to be more masculine and dominant and to have great leadership potential.

Now hold on there. We’re not talking about comb-overs, guys, so don’t get your gabardine britches in a bunch. We’re talking completely bald, as in no cul-de-sac look.

We’re not talking about this look, either:

Nope, more like this clean shaven professional look, I’m sure:

Ok, that guy looks menacing, but you get the point.

The study panel conducted three experiments testing peoples’ perceptions of men with shaved heads. In one of the experiments 344 subjects were shown the photos of the same men: one photo with hair and the other photo without hair, as in digitally removed to appear bald.

In each of the three tests the subjects thought of the men with bald heads to be more dominant than their “hairy” counterparts.  In one test, men with bald heads were even perceived as an inch taller and about 13% stronger than those with fuller manes.
Rogaine must be very unhappy about this revelation. Very.

The study director, Dr. Albert Mannes of the Wharton School, says he was inspired to conduct the research after noticing that people treated him more deferentially when he shaved off his own thinning hair.

A shaved head not only in the professional world but in entertainment has often been deemed as more powerful, as the look is further associated with hyper-masculine images, such as the military and professional athletes.

See? You don’t have to fight against nature, dudes. Just go with it. And besides, most comb-overs are an eye sore.

Happy shavin’.

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2 Responses to “Bald Head = Business Advantage”

  1. Valinda October 26, 2012 at 11:58 pm #

    Bald-headed guys, especially black men, look more professional completely cleancut (head and face) IMHO. It just looks a lot neater and more presentable for representing your company to the public.

    • the cubicle rebel October 29, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

      I guess the bald thing depends on the head shape, eh? Some can work it, others have epic fail. LOL.

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