Powerless Postures

Posted on: Wednesday 06, July 2016

Closed body language such as these sorts signals weakness and powerlessness to others.

According to Professor Amy Cuddy at Harvard University, such closed postures significantly reduce testosterone levels – the assertiveness hormone and increase cortisol – stress and anxiety based hormone.

So avoid closed postures because they hugely diminish leadership credibility and longer-term lead to low performance.

Simply put, closed postures cause conscious attention to switch to the ‘downstairs’ reactive functions of your brain, responsible for alerting you to respond instinctively to a threat. In turn, that will lead you to react with default fear and survival based defensive states of mind. Ultimately, these limit your choices.

You can learn counter this sort of neural ‘hijacking’ and respond in other more resourceful and proactive ways - head over to my bite-sized blog about open postures that enhance leadership credibility.

I’d love to coach and facilitate you and your teams to use appropriate body language and mindset to increase your performance.

Please contact me for more information.


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