Bauer Business Focus

CEOs and Environmental Challenges

It is important to consider gender and personality.


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Addressing environmental challenges is an urgent corporate priority, but why are some CEOs better at tackling these challenges than others? Management & Leadership Assistant Professor Sana Chiu at the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston explains.

“CEOs are responsible for addressing environmental challenges. However, both gender and personality traits affect the results. Female leaders are expected to have stronger social and environmental performance, unless they have a narcissistic personality.”

“In fact, compared to male CEOs, narcissistic female CEOs provide worse environmental performance. Also, narcissistic male CEOs are motivated to engage in sustainability when receiving praise and positive media attention.”

“Therefore when looking to address environmental sustainability performance, it is important to consider both CEO gender and personality.”

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