What is the recipe for corruption? According to a recent study by Swiss researchers, those with higher testosterone and more power are more likely to be corrupt.
The researchers conducted two studies. During the first one, they appointed leaders from a group of Swiss business students and gave them each either one “follower” or three “followers.” They then gave each leader an amount of money to share with their followers. How much the followers were given were decided by the leader. They also gave some leaders more options (more power) to distribute the money.
In the end, they found that leaders who had more followers and more options to distribute the money were more likely to keep more of the money for themselves then the ones with less power. This led them to conclude that more power equals more corruption.
Where does the claim that women make better leaders come into play?
In their second study, researchers used different business students. This time, however, they measured the testerone levels of the leaders several times over the course of the experiment. The leaders were also asked how much of the money a “responsible leader” should share with his/her followers.
In the end, they still found that leaders with more power were more likely to keep more money, even after they previously said it was wrong to do. They also found that leaders with higher levels of testosterone were more likely to be selfish.
It’s no secret that testosterone has a bad reputation — it’s also not a secret that testosterone is the main hormone that makes men, well … men! Science has given us yet another reason why women should be given more leadership roles.