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The Executive Coaching Corner:  Now in Session

January 22, 2014:  Is it Better to Be  Loved or Feared?

The answer is that it is a balance of both.  According to a recent Harvard Business Review article (July-August, 2013)  by Amy J.C. Cuddy, Matthew Hohut, and John Neffinger, current behavioral research shows us that "...when we judge others—especially our leaders—we look first at two characteristics: how lovable they are (their warmth, communion, or trustworthiness) and how fearsome they are (their strength, agency, or competence). Although there is some disagreement  about the proper labels for the traits, researchers agree that they are the two primary dimensions of social judgment.  Why are these traits so important? Because they answer two critical questions: 'What are this person’s intentions toward me?' and 'Is he or she capable of acting on those intentions?' Together, these assessments underlie our emotional and behavioral reactions to other people, groups, and even brands and companies."

The article offers solid research and practical applications to help your leaders become more effective.  It takes about 5 minutes to read. I encourage you to download the PDF, read it and share it.  I thought it was great!

Additionally, Amy offered a TED talk on how body postures shape who you are and influence how you behave.  Her research revealed that just two minutes practicing a power pose can increase the testosterone (assertive, strength) and reduce cortisol (stress) levels in your body.  These hormonal changes impact your behavior and how others perceive you.  I found it fascinating.  The information can be helpful to anyone at any level in your organization..  Her video is about 20 minutes, so I invite you to set aside some time to listen; you won't regret it. 

Key Points: 

The Wonder Woman pose is one of the power poses Amy refers to.  Try practicing it for two minutes in private before an important meeting and see how it affects the way you feel about yourself during the meeting.  Did you participate more?  Did you sound more confident when you did contribute?  Did others respond to you differently?.

Did this resonate with you?  Please share your thoughts and email me a note!

For additional one to two-minute sessions on other topics,  go to the Executive Coaching Corner Archive.