Last Updated Feb 15, 2011 3:02 PM EST
The study assigned subjects to different hierarchical roles within a company and told to sit in either an expansive stance taking up plenty of space, or a more constricted one with legs close together and shoulders hunched. Those adopting expansive stances reported feeling more powerful, anticipated being more assertive in various situations, and answered word completion puzzles with more forceful words, regardless of whether they were assigned a subordinate or dominant role. By contrast, those who were put in constricted positions reported feeling, and anticipated acting, with less fortitude.
Figuring out your own power stance is certainly a smaller investment than dropping three grand on a new power suit. Try Galinsky's three simple steps for sitting with strength:
- Sit with your back flush against the back of the chair to automatically stop slouching.
- Cross one leg, placing your ankle across your knee to take up more space.
- Place one arm on your chair's armrest and the other hand on the back of the chair next to you to convey that you're at ease.
Try this posture out and let us know. Does it make you feel ready to take your next challenge?
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