Lopsided features could translate into better leadership qualities, a new study has revealed. It can get you where symmetry can't.
People who are not that attractive are equipped with skills that infuse in them the ability to become more successful and popular leaders, researchers say.
"Symmetrical people are considered to have a better standard of life, they are considered to be more intelligent - a lot of positive social traits are attributed to symmetrical looking people," the Telegraph quoted Dr Carl Senior, of Aston University, who led the study, as saying.
"When symmetrical people are growing up in the playground, everyone views them in a positive light. If you are a symmetrical-looking man you appear a more dominant, attractive individual so society assumes that to be the case."
"The asymmetrical group has to develop more positive social skills to compensate for these perceived shortcomings," he added.
Researchers gave 42 teams of students a five-month task in which they had to market and sell a car, with one member appointed as CEO of each group.
They measured the leaders' features including ear length, wrist width and finger length to determine how symmetrical they were before analysing the teams' performance over the year.
In every category measured, including the happiness of the leaders and their workers, the performance of the teams and even the profit the groups made made, those managed by more asymmetrical leaders scored better.
The researchers found that the overall quality of work produced by teams with more asymmetrical leaders was 20 per cent higher on average.