Researchers are using an academic tool to analyze how difficult 2020 was for these business leaders.
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Billionaires: They’re just like us. That statement couldn’t be further from the truth in most situations, but when it comes to the unpredictability and stress of 2020, even the richest in the world struggle. And the Multimillionaire most stressed out of all? Bill Gates.
Even when we consider ourselves to be empathetic, determining someone else’s stress level can seem like an impossible task. Well, there is actually a way to do it. Using a tool developed by Mike Thelwall, professor of information technology at the University of Wolverhampton, talent innovation company SHL ranked outstanding business leaders based on how “stressed” their recent tweets were.
The tool called TensiStrength is used to estimate the stress levels in tweets and analyze them on a scale from -1 (no stress) to -5 (very stressed) depending on the classification of the words in terms of frustration, fear, anger and negativity. Subsequently, company executives (selected for how frequently they appear in the news and on social media) were rated based on the proportion of tweets they posted between January 1st and June 30th that were rated as “slightly stressed” . or higher (-2 to -5 on the TensiStrength scale).
Bill Gates tops the list, with the tool finding that 20 percent of its tweets could be rated as stressful or higher this year. Oprah Winfrey is very close to him with 19.3 percent. Here are the other guides who made the top 10.
With tremendous pressure on giant tech companies to grow despite the global health crisis, it’s no surprise that Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Marc Benioff of Salesforce will be high on the list.
Have you ever found a CEO who definitely didn’t make the top 10? Elon Musk, who came 19th among the business leaders examined. Despite being a productive tweeter, only 5.2 percent of Musk’s reviews rate low stress or greater.