Pity the poor, beleaguered partner. It’s not such a cushy job these days. I know the pressure to bring in business and keep fickle clients happy is relentless. And if you’re the head of the firm, you have to pacify the troops at home too. The further you go up on the pyramid, the more thankless the job gets.


Do you really buy that? I don’t. Maybe I’m just a proletarian down deep, but my gut tells me that associates are the ones we should pity. Guess what? I am so right!

According to a four-year research project conducted by Harvard Kennedy School’s Decision Science Laboratory, Stanford University, and University of California at San Diego, those in leadership positions have lower stress levels than those in the lower ranks, reports the Harvard Gazette. The reason: Bosses have more control over their work life and underlings don’t.