Sunday, August 28, 2011

What Being Tall and Being a Leader Have in Common

Columnist Steven Landsburg writes, "Economists have known for a long time that it pays to be tall. Multiple studies have found that an extra inch of height can be worth an extra $1,000 a year or so in wages, after controlling for education and experience. If you're 6 feet tall, you probably earn about $10,000 more than the equally qualified 5-foot-2-inch shrimp down the hall.� That makes height as important as race or gender as a determinant of wages. And it works for women as well as men.

Of 43 American presidents, only five have been below average height, and the last of those was Benjamin Harrison, elected in 1888. �So, what's the deal? Why do the tall tower over the short in more than just physical stature?� Three clever economists from the University of Pennsylvania have uncovered a key bit of evidence: Tall men who were short in high school earn like short men, while short men who were tall in high school earn like tall men.

So the answer to the tallness mystery seems to be self-confidence.� Tall high-school kids learn to think of themselves as leaders, and that habit of thought persists even when the kids stop growing."

Very interesting theory!� But no matter what your children's height, whether they prove to be leaders or not seems largely up to whether they feel they can lead.� That's where you come in. Lead well yourself and your kids will become leaders as they emulate the model they see in you.� Here are the 10 ways to lead your family.�

And Tony Dungy shares the leadership qualities he looked for in young men before he drafted them in the NFL.

Huddle up and ask your children tonight:� Are you a leader?� Why or why not?


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1 comment:

  1. Well, height may be a factor, but it doesn't go that you can't be leader because you're short. As long as you have the confidence and the heart to lead, you're way to go. Sporting an open-mind and a willingness to learn are what make a good leader.

    Alexander Tiedeman