Almost one half of the U.S. population is single, and the number of single people has almost tripled since 1950. Companies run by single CEOs may be faster growing: a 2014 study found that companies with single leaders engaged in much more aggressive investment behavior. But that study does not give advice for single people looking to be leaders. That’s where new research by Jennifer Merluzzi of George Washington University and Damon J. Phillips of the University of Pennsylvania comes in. The researchers set out to study whether single young women faced a penalty in seeking leadership positions. Earlier research had shown that female MBA students who were single tended to deemphasize their ambitions when they were with their classmates.

Naomi R. Cahn, Single, Female And Looking For Business Success: New Research, Forbes (May 2, 2022).
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