Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Second Department


Reader 1

Professor Sean Flynn

Reader 2

Professor Stacey Wood

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2022 Sara L Michael


It has been widely understood that the role of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a company is to bolster and maintain firm performance. The pressures they face and the responsibilities they hold are some of the many reasons why they receive such staggering financial incentives. While much has changed societally and in corporate governance over the past ten years, there are still disparities in the demographics of large corporations’ leaders. Women are the minority in large corporations in the United States, especially in the Information Technology and Communications sectors. From an economics perspective, this thesis aims to uncover whether there is a relationship between compensation, gender, tenure, age and firm performance. Firm culture and employee satisfaction can also measure a leaders’ strengths. From a psychological perspective, personality research has found that certain traits are more prominent than others in successful leaders. This thesis proposes a method in which we can either prove or disprove these previous theories.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.