Researchers discovered that people can pick CEOs out of a lineup. Sort of.
The media interpreted the research as indicating that looking like a CEO might help you become one. I have to toss you a tiny “duh” on that. Yes, looks matter. But is that the bigger story?
I gave up trying to burrow down to the original research because Windows kept sending me down the Binghole. Perhaps the researchers themselves did a better job than the media of speculating what the research results mean. But it seems to me the media left out the more obvious interpretation. Perhaps whatever hormone it is that makes a person both ambitious and aggressive enough to become a CEO also influences a person’s appearance. And let’s call that hormone testosterone, because that’s probably what it is.
I have a related hypothesis. I believe that political conservatives can be identified by their faces, even after you control for haircuts and eyeglasses. Not all the time, of course, but more than chance. (Another way to say the same thing is that political liberals can be identified by their looks.) Have you ever noticed that?