In the Wall Street Journal reported today that new research suggests extra pound, large waists undermine perceptions of leadership ability, states Leslie Kwoh, journalist for WSJ. “Executives with larger waistline and higher body mass index readings tend to be perceived as less effective, both in performance and interpersonal relationships, according to data compiled by CCL.”

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person’s weight and height. BMI provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.

Being fit matters, but does it influence your perception of how a person can lead an organization, run a school system or lead our country. How would you feel if President Obama was 50 pounds overweight?  Would he have won the election?

I thought it was an interesting question for discussion, which led me to think do children think differently if their teacher is overweight? We have heard about the amount of bullying that goes on in schools when kids are cruel to students who are different than themselves.

Do you agree large waistlines undermine perceptions of leadership ability?