Is it actually less stressful to be in charge?

The Washington Post:

Think your job is more stressful than your employees’? Think again.

A new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and featured on the news service HealthDay Monday found that people in leadership positions suffer from less stress, surprisingly, than those in less powerful positions.

The researchers, in what they say is the largest of such studies, asked 148 leaders and 65 non-leaders attending a leadership program at Harvard University about their stress (many of whom worked in government jobs). They found the leaders were more likely to exercise and less likely to smoke, yet also consumed more caffeine and slept less, HealthDay reports. Still, they reported lower stress levels than non-leaders, and their levels of the stress hormone were 27 percent lower than in those not in leadership positions.

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