For leaders, sleep is not a luxury. Research has found that there is a direct link between getting enough sleep and leading effectively and that sleep-deprived leaders are less inspiring.

In an assessment of 35,000 leaders and interviews with 250 more, it was found that the more senior a person’s role is, the more sleep they get. There are two possible explanations for this.

Either senior executives do less and take more time to sleep. Or senior executives have had the wisdom and discipline throughout their career to get enough sleep and thereby maintain a high-performance level without burning out.

What explanation do you think is more likely to be true?


Inspired by: Harvard Business Review - Senior Executives Get More Sleep Than Everyone Else, by Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter