(Telegraph) Why good leaders have crooked features
By Nick Collins, Science Correspondent 7:30AM BST 18 Oct 2011
Having perfectly set eyes and a level jaw is supposed to make you more attractive, popular and dominant than someone with wonky ears and a crooked smile.
But being somewhat lacking in the looks department could in fact equip someone with the skills to be a better leader, a new study suggests.
The public tends to elect politicians with symmetrical faces like David Cameron and Nick Clegg because we feel they are more clean-cut, trustworthy and commanding.
Leaders like Sir Winston Churchill, however, may have turned out to be more popular and successful because they had spent their lives trying to overcome the disadvantage of having lopsided features.
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