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The Atlantic: Power causes brain damage


A study co-authored by Raghavendra Rau, Sir Evelyn de Rothschild Professor of Finance at Cambridge Judge Business School, is referenced in the article about how leaders lose mental capacities – most notably for reading other people – that were essential to their rise. His study “What doesn’t kill you will only make you more risk-loving: early-life disasters and CEO behavior” finds that experiencing a natural disaster first hand during your early childhood can have a profound impact on your strategic and tactical decisions in later life.

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