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Leadership Moments Podcast

Tom Loncar

EPISODE 84 35:18

Fake it until you make it - does it work?

Tom Loncar
Oscar Trimboli
Overview

We cut through the controversy on the research about Power Posing to tell you what works, what doesn’t, and what it means for us as leaders. I talk with Tom Loncar, an executive coach, writer and researcher on leadership psychology and mindset. Tom has written an in-depth paper that explores the history behind the concept of embodied cognition, the research that's been done into it, and the controversy around its validity.

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  • Embodiment is a broad idea that bodily movements can influence our emotional states.
  • Research in 2010 asserted that power posing for 2 minutes could produce psychological, behavioural, and hormonal outcomes. People could feel significantly more powerful. Behaviourally, they'd be more likely to take on adaptive levels of risk and hormonally, good things would happen to their testosterone and cortisol.
  • Replication of this research was not successful, and subsequent quality studies have shown that that the most positive outcome for participants was the neutral versus contractive comparison. This was more positive than expansive versus contractive, while expansive versus neutral, was not statistically significant.
  • It may be more important to avoid shrinking into contractive postures when under stress rather than forcing expansion. An important part of this is taking the context into consideration.
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