How big is your signature?

Signature size

According to a recent report from researchers at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and theĀ University of Maryland, signature size matters:

People see a signature as a stand-in for themselves, and a bigger, more prominent moniker reveals a person’s larger-than-average self-regard, the research explains. If you have a big autograph, you’re not necessarily a narcissist — though you probably are an alpha male, says study author Nicholas Seybert, Ph.D. But when applied to CEOs — a group already likely to favor people with inflated egos — big signatures are also likely to reveal narcissistic traits.

The result? When signature size is compared to Dividends, Return on Assets and Over-investment, the bigger the signature the worse for investors.

Graphic from Fast Company.

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