Are there certain factors that influence an individual’s moral behaviour more than others? According to UK professor Roger Steare (via The Daily Mail), the co-creator of the Moral DNA test (you can take the test yourself online at moraldna.org), sex and age are the two factors that most heavily influence morality.
Steare’s online questionnaire, which has been filled out by more than 50,000 volunteers in 200 countries thus far, has come up with some interesting findings. For one, it’s lead Steare to conclude that women are the more moral sex. And perhaps more interesting, women over the age of 30 are the most moral of all.
For Steare, a corporate consultant who helps business leaders invest their decision making with more ethical practices and imperatives, the results also reveal a difference in how men and women navigate the workplace.
The Daily Mail quotes Steare on the subject of women at work. Said Steare: “Women prefer to make their decisions based on how it impacts others – which tends to produce better decisions – while men have a more individual approach and are more self-interested.”
Here he is on the subject of men at work (ahem): “…when it comes to work men have to grow up, put their ego to one side and show some humility and compassion – qualities they all too often have in their personal lives but put to one side when they walk into the office.”
The good news for both sexes: it seems we all get better, morally speaking, with age.
Said Steare: “What stood out from the answers was that obedience decreased with age, while reason increased – a logical occurrence as we make the transition from youth to experience…That process then continues until our early sixties, when we’re at the peak of our intellectual and moral powers – yet sadly the age people often end up leaving the workplace.’