We learned that your boss could be less stressed than you.
In an analysis of baboons, researchers found that the stress hormone cortisol was less prevalent in baboons that were ranked higher in the troop. Researchers also analyzed the self-reported anxiety levels in military officials of varying rank, and they showed that the higher an officer’s rank, the lower his or her self-reported stress and anxiety levels.
Researchers attribute the correlation of both the calmer baboons and military officers to their roles as leaders. They hypothesize that the sense of control leaders have over their environment causes them to feel less anxious than the people subject to their control.