Coffee Might Actually Make You a Better Leader

In the United States, coffee is as much a part of the work environment as computers; many people (I’m one of them) consider my first cup of coffee at work as the literal apex of my day.

Anyway, I was interested to learn the other day that there’s a positive corelation between leadership and drinking large amounts of coffee.

Notable leaders and thought leaders who were serious coffee drinkers include Napoleon Bonaparte, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Ronald Reagan, Voltaire, Balzac, J.S. Bach, Beethoven and, yes, Oprah.

And I’m not talking about a demitasse-a-day habit. , for example, drank a gallon of coffee every day. Balzac and Voltaire, for example, each consumed around three gallons (!) every day.

More: He Drank 47 Cups of Coffee a Day and What Happened Was Beyond Amazing

Just to be clear, it wasn’t the watered down stuff most Americans drink today; back then they brewed it strong–think double espresso rather than Dunkin’ Donuts.

Of course, not everyone who sucks down a lot of jo becomes a great leader, but even if there’s not a causal relationship between coffee and leadership, there are plenty of reasons to indulge anyway. According to numerous peer-reviewed scientific studies, a regular daily dose of coffee:

Considering all of that, what have you got to lose?

One word of caution, though. Before you queue up to drink three gallons of strong coffee, the scientists and nutritionists who study coffee advise that the ideal amount of coffee per day is from four to eight 8oz cups, consumed prior to mid-day.

Note: As many of you may soon be returning to offices, in a future post, I’m going to demonstrate how to brew coffee and store it (brewed) so that it keeps its flavor, stays warm, and doesn’t get bitter. So stay tuned, ok?

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