Wonder Woman got it right
If you are feeling helpless at work, there is a very simple strategy that may help you feel more powerful. Strike a pose.
Amy Cuddy of Harvard University has researched how assuming the classic Wonder Woman pose, hands on hips, feet wide apart, shoulders back, actually raises your body’s testosterone. After holding the pose for only two minutes, you feel a surge of confidence, and those around you perceive you as more powerful.
Another benefit is a reduction in cortisol, so you also feel less stressed.
This is classic body language advice of being open versus being closed in stance. But now there is physical evidence to back it up.
In other words, don’t cross your arms as if to protect yourself. Take up as much space as you can. Keep your head up. You probably want to avoid putting your feet up on your desk though.
There has been some push back on these ideas by other researchers. Maybe they won’t work for everyone, but maybe, just maybe, they will work for you.
Why not give the pose a try and see what happens?