Project power and authority — Business Management Daily: Free Reports on Human Resources, Employment Law, Office Management, Office Communication, Office Technology and Small Business Tax Business Management Daily

Project power and authority

Get PDF file

by on
in Best-Practices Leadership,Leaders & Managers

When you appear strong and confident, gaining influence is a much easier job. And projecting a powerful image may not require more than a few tweaks to how you act.

Deborah H. Gruenfeld, a social psychologist, and Kay Kostopolous, a theater instructor, teach the class “Acting With Power” at the Stanford University business school, a class designed to teach you how to gain power by acting powerfully. Here are a few tips from that class:

  • Maintain a wide stance, with your arms extended from your body, to feel more authoritative.
  • Master eye contact. Look people in the eye when you speak, but when others are talking, look away occasionally to show that you are the dominant person in the conversation.
  • Speak succinctly. Don’t ramble on, over-explain or attempt to justify your ideas or decisions. Be direct, concise and decisive to prove that you are sure of yourself.

— Adapted from “How to Project Power,” Malia Wollan, The New York Times, www.nytimes.com.

Leave a Comment

 

Previous post:

Next post: