Scaling the heights of power

The Sydney Morning Herald:

Want to add a few centimetres to your stature instantly without the help of heels or a hat? Just picture yourself in a situation where you are in charge.

Researchers have found those in powerful positions actually consider themselves taller than they really are – by about an inch on average.

This effect may have been at work in the aftermath of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico when BP Chairman, Carl-Henric Svanberg controversially declared: “we care about the small people”.

While this was defended by the company as a clumsy turn of phrase by a Swedish exec, the authors of Living Large study said the faux pas spurred them to investigate the “provocative possibility that the powerful literally misperceive their height relative to others”.

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