For exceptions like Zuckerberg, perhaps mind is able to overcome matter. The researchers found that a CEO's thinking style can influence whether face shape affects financial success. For those leaders who see the world in black and white terms, the company atmosphere tends to be more deferential to authority and face shape matters more. But for those who are prone to see the world in shades of gray, face shape is less important.
The aggression associated with facial width has also stood out in the world of professional sports. Hockey players with wider faces spend more time in the penalty box as a result of picking physical fights with other players, and studies show that wider-faced football players are perceived as stronger athletes who are given more opportunities on the field to work on their game and enjoy ensuing success.
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Some researchers conjecture that facial width may even be an evolutionary trait, created by Mother Nature as a warning signal of territorial aggression. “Competitors may have used this cue, likely on a subconscious level, to decide whether or not to take an opponent on,” behavioral neuroscientist Cheryl McCormick of Canada’s Brock University has said of wide faces.
Could it be that Darwin’s ‘survival of the fittest’ has leaped from jungle to boardroom and beyond?
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