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HRM CA | 02 Jan 2014, 12:00 AM Agree 0
As a team leader, do you measure up to the perceptions others have of you? Increasingly, people expect their leaders to be fit and healthy.
  • kb | 06 Feb 2013, 11:01 AM Agree 0
    While all of these observations may have some truth to them, what of the risks related to a claim of discrimination based on excess weight (potentially to be argued as related to a health condition)if a fit person is hired over an overweight person who is otherwise as or more qualified?
  • WR | 06 Feb 2013, 02:14 PM Agree 0
    Ageism, racism and now weightism... All Human Rights issues. We all all aware of the "wrongness" when people, of physical disabilities are passed over for positions they are ample qualified. Through education and media attention to the fact a wheelchair does preclude you from doing a job has changed perceptions perhaps the same must be done for weightism.
    10 years ago, smokers were attacked and ostracized, are over weight people the new targets for this generation? Is it more important to be a movie star or to have the brains and ethics to run a company? Both Bernie Madoff and Colin Black looked great in pictures but they damaged so many. As we all know, the cover doesn't tell you the story in the book.
  • Heather | 02 Jan 2014, 08:44 AM Agree 0
    Weight is not the only appearance issue. I've read in several articles that women with curly hair are seen as unprofessional and are less likely to be advanced up the corporate ladder. This is backed up by the fact that a woman I know with curly hair was recently told that she should start wearing her hair straight if she wished to be considered for a promotion!
  • JP | 02 Jan 2014, 10:37 AM Agree 0
    These publications influence some of those who read them. This type of article clearly is about appearance, in an appearance driven time. Heaven forbid that the person with the ability to lead is allowed to lead.
  • Mark | 02 Jan 2014, 11:10 AM Agree 0
    This may sound cruel, but unlike people living in poverty, a CEO can afford to eat healthy and exercise. So unless they have a VERY rare genetic condition that causes them to be overweight on a 2000 calorie a day diet, there isn't any excuse for being overweight if you are a one percenter. The fact is, you are the face of the organization and you should be well dressed and don't look like you eat a bucket of Kfried every night or consume a dozen beers.
  • Anon | 06 Jan 2014, 09:16 AM Agree 0
    As an overweight professional, I agree with the primary premise in this article. My biggest hurdle in life is with myself and directly correlates to self esteem and leadership ability. I know I am good at my job and a highly capable as a leader. I also know that if I could control eating and show resolve with physical fitness, I would be significantly stronger, both emotionally and physically. I think individuals have to ask themselves a key question: Why am I overweight? If you are so consumed with work, that you have little time for exercise and proper food preparation, you may be a highly qualified leader. If you are overweight because the TV, computer, tavern or other distraction is more important to you than health or work, odds are you will improve at work when you make better personal choices.
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