According to a recent study by the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, men with shaved heads are perceived to be more masculine, dominant and may have greater leadership potential than those with longer or thinning hair. That may explain why the shaved head look has caught on in the corporate world lately. For example, Marc Andreessen (Netscape Founder), Jeff Bezos (Amazon CEO) and Steve Ballmer (Microsoft CEO) all have shaved or closely cropped heads.
Many executives say the style makes them seem young or at least makes their age less evident and gives them more confidence. Steven Carley (Red Robin Gourmet Burgers CEO) said “shaving his head gave his confidence a boost when working with 20 plus year olds.”
Although I do believe personal grooming (neat appearance, dress, hygiene, etc) are an important part of success in the workplace, I’m not ready to pull out those clippers – at least not yet.