Does Your Signature Reflect the Size of Your Ego?


From Business Week:

Humility is a trait that B-school admissions officers say they prize, though research suggests they sometimes choose candidates who are anything but humble. But why waste time with rounds of applicant interviews when officers apparently have what they need to detect an inflated ego up front? The telltale metric: an applicant’s signature.

That’s a logic path you could stumble down after reading new research from business professors at the University of Maryland and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

The professors used the size of a chief executive officer’s signature on annual Securities and Exchange Commission filings to measure CEO narcissism. They found that a large signature correlates with company over-investment and subsequently lower forecast revenue and sales growth.

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