facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Higher rank, more power = less stress

Sept. 27, 2012 at 1:02 AM   |   Comments

STANFORD, Calif., Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Conventional wisdom says government and corporate leaders have high levels of stress, but U.S. researchers say more authority means less stress.

Professor James Gross of Stanford University and Jennifer Lerner, a professor of public policy and management at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, suggested leadership positions were associated with lower levels of stress.

In other words, the feeling of being in charge of one's own life more than makes up for the greater amount of responsibility that accompanies higher rungs on the leadership ladder, the researchers said.

"We live as social beings in a stratified society," Gross said in a statement. "It's our relative status in a group that disproportionately influences our happiness and well-being."

The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, also found the connection between power and tranquility was dependent on the total number of subordinates a leader had and on the degree of authority or autonomy a job conferred, the researchers said.

The researchers said they were unable to say whether leadership leads to low stress levels, or whether people who are predisposed to feel little stress are more likely to be leaders.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
To breakfast or not to breakfast? That is the question...
2
India asks Pepsi to cut down on sugar in its soft drinks
3
New data shows Melbourne is most well-rested city in the world
4
Daughters more likely than sons to care for elder parents
5
Yoga guru BKS Iyengar dies at 95
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback