My friend who is 6'3 and works in the restaurant business, has a boss who is 6'5. One day they were having a conversation about hiring new employees when his boss told him that he doesn't hire guys who are taller than him, which given his own height, didn't tend to actually be a "problem" that came up that often. His boss said it was a power thing. He felt his height gave him the advantage of being seen as more powerful and in charge and he didn't want some guy whom he was trying to get in line looking down at him as he was trying to reprimand him. He told my friend that they'd had one guy come in to interview who was 6'6 or 6'7 and he flat out didn't hire him because of his height.
My friend told me he gets it, and so do I. I was a boss once and as a tall woman, I didn't stop hiring people because of their height, but I agree that being tall as a boss had major advantages because my fellow shorter female bosses were often not given the same amount of respect I was from both male and female employees. Watching them was literally almost like you could hear them thinking, who is this little kid trying to tell me what to do, and often times their instructions would be ignored. And now that I think about it, most if not all my bosses in my life have been tall.
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I think it's true which is stupid. I myself am 6'3 but yeah my bosses tend to "ask" me to do things where they will command some of my other co-workers.0