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Through this study, I sought to test a) the extent to which perceptions of leader effectiveness are biased against obese leaders; b) the potential mediating factors which can explain this bias, and c) the potential moderating factors of both leader sex and organizational congruence. Both the ANOVA and mediation analyses suggested that obesity status does not have a direct effect on perceptions leader effectiveness. Additionally, neither of the explored moderators were significant. However, obesity status did have an indirect effect on perceptions of effectiveness through perceptions of attractiveness. Results of this study suggest that while obesity status may not have a direct impact on perceptions of leadership effectiveness, obese leaders may still be disadvantaged due to the indirect effect obesity status has on effectiveness ratings through attractiveness.
Reich, Caitlynn, "Perceptions Of Obese Leaders In The Workplace:the Mediating Effect Of Attractiveness" (2019). Wayne State University Theses. 718.