Study: Introverted CEOs May Be Better For Bottom Line

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Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, is an example of an extrovert "hired with fanfare" but whose "corporate results didn’t live up to expectations," according to Quartz. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Could a CEO’s personality type impact how well his or her company does?

Researchers at Stanford, the University of Chicago and Harvard believe the answer is yes. They did a linguistic analysis of conference calls of nearly 5,000 CEOs of publicly traded companies and found that companies with more introverted CEOs outperformed those with extroverted CEOs. The study is a working paper; it is in the process of being peer-reviewed.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Oliver Staley of Quartz about the findings.


Oliver Staley, reporter covering management and workplace issues for Quartz. He tweets @Ostaley.

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