Want a promotion? Shave your head
Local CEO reacts to study on male-pattern baldness and power
by Alberta Venture Staff
Perceptions of experience are powerful in business, and a recent University of Pennsylvania study confirms it.
The study found men who avoid patchy male-pattern baldness by going for a Vin Diesel-style buzz are perceived as having “more leadership potential” than those with full coifs.
The study also found that bald men are perceived as more masculine, dominant and strong, even if they’re also viewed (cover your ears, Jason Statham) as less attractive.
But does baldness give you a business advantage in Alberta, where masculine has always been in style?
“I can’t really say that it did,” says Darren Gee, CEO of Peyto Exploration and a member of what he calls the “follically challenged” club. “At some point you just kind of admit that it’s a futile effort and you just take it [off]. I don’t think it coincided with getting this job, although maybe the hair fell out faster when I did. Maybe it’s the reverse; maybe it’s the fact that the guys in the leadership roles are pulling their hair out a bit.”
When it comes to CEOs in Alberta, Gee might be on to something.