Why the best bosses don't have big bellies

01/16/2013 | Wall Street Journal, The

There are few overweight CEOs at major companies, and that's no coincidence, experts say. The job requires stamina and physical fitness, and overweight bosses are likely to be seen as less competent and strong than their trimmer counterparts. "We have stereotypes about fat, so when we see a senior executive who's overweight, our initial reaction isn't positive," says leadership professor Barry Posner.

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