Illegible letters = Quick mind, mental agility
Legible = Open and straightforward person
Easy to read first name but hard to read last name = Places importance on personal accomplishments, and easily approachable
No underline = Prefers to let personal achievements speak for themselves
Underline = Sense of self importance
Closing flick or line at end = Drive and determination, proactive
Sharp lines = Impatient and aggressive
Upward slope= Sense of ambition, a tendency to look towards the future (the more slanted the more ambitious)
Downward slope = Pessimist, cautious in meetings, weighs risk
Rising up only towards the end = Sense of optimism
Slant towards the right = Outgoing persona
No slant = Balanced
Nickname = Independent, confident in own abilities
Initials only = Private person
No dot on ‘i’ = Reluctant to dwell on small details, a bigger picture person
Open ‘o’or ‘a’ = Collaborative nature, desire to share ideas
Pronounced capital letters = Confidence, strong sense of self-worth, perhaps arrogant
No surname = relaxed approach to business
Full stop = strong character in business
Straight letters = Precise and meticulous attention to detail
Scribbled = sharp intelligence and busy lifestyle
Large, swooping letters = Extrovert, confident
Highly stylized = creative flair, likes to make a statement
Flamboyant first letter = Strives to make presence felt
- Size does matter for CEOs it seems. The bigger the signature the higher the compensation.
- However, a study of 605 CEO signatures shows that the bigger the signature the more likely it is to be a narcissist. Also, the bigger the signature the more likely the CEO is to run the company into the ground.
- The study defines narcissism as a type of egotism associated with conceit and a disregard for others. Narcissists have a heightened opinion of their own abilities and performance, and, perhaps more importantly, a tendency to belittle or dismiss the abilities of others. They tend to reject or ignore feedback that they get from others.
- Check out this comparison of signatures from top CEOs and what it reveals about them.t this comparison of signatures from top CEOs and what it reveals about them.
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