It's actually the workers and not the boss who is more stressed, researchers from the Harvard and Stanford universities are reporting.
The study involved 200 leaders and non-leaders and the data was procured from community members, and government and military leaders who were part of a Harvard executive education course.
Physical markers including the amount of the stress hormone cortisol in participants' saliva, and psychological indicators based on participant's anxiety were used to assess stress among the participants. It emerged that regardless of age, gender and ethnicity, bosses were not as stressed as subordinates.
Another study also found that higher the position, the lesser the levels of cortisol.† "Holding a leadership role boosts one's sense of control, a psychological resource known to have a stress-buffering effect," one of the researchers, Jennifer Lerner, from Harvard University, stated.
The study details appear in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.