This research presents a fascinating idea – how minute physical differences might contribute to signify better leadership in group situations. The study involved measuring ears, fingers, and wrists and assigning the participants a rating based on their asymmetry.

Measurements of various body features were done with precise manual calipers.

The findings provide a fascinating pair of results:

“The first study showed that highly asymmetrical people had greater self-­reported leadership abilities—aptitudes for considering others’ feelings, recognizing others’ needs, and inspiring others. The second showed that the more asymmetrical the leader, the better the team’s performance, according to independent assessments: Teams with asymmetrical leaders scored nearly 20% higher than others.”

Interesting stuff! I highly recommend giving this a read. The implications are particularly interesting in light of the basic psychology that tells us people more willingly follow attractive (symmetrical) leaders.