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Leadership and sneakers

Does the number of pairs of sneakers you own improve the likelihood that you are/will become a leader? According to a Mindset Media study, people who buy more than three pairs of sneakers a year are far more likely to be a leadership type than the population at large. They surveyed 7,500 people and found those who purchase three or more pairs of athletic shoes per year are 61% more likely to have ideas and vision, and leadership qualities such as decisiveness and assertiveness. Their poll found these to be true regardless of age, income, or gender.

There’s a lot of buzz around this topic and various theories as to why owning sneakers makes a person more likely to be a leader. I’m no expert on shoes, but it seems reasonable to me that people who own sneakers are more likely to put them on and go and do something in them. I refer to this as “rolling up your sleeves and getting to work.” It’s not owning the sneakers (or any shoes) that makes you a leader; it’s what you do when you’re wearing them that really makes the difference.