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Does power make you mean?

Does power make you mean? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Research suggests that a default brain mechanism may cause us to lose empathy when we gain power. So promotions really do make us mean.

 

In one of the first studies to make this claim, scientists now say a default brain mechanism may cause us to lose empathy when we gain power...

 

Obhi and his team found feelings of increased powerfulness shut down our mirroring system -- and potentially our empathy -- through a default mechanism in our brains.

 

Liza Aziz-Zadeh, assistant professor at the University of Southern California, studies empathy from a neuroscience perspective and says the findings are interesting. "People who activate their mirroring system more, also score higher on empathy."

 

By Susanne Gargiulo, CNN


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 We all know the story. Someone gets promoted at work and suddenly they change -- they start forgetting their previous peers or turning into bullies. As it turns out, it may be in our wiring.

In one of the first studies to make this claim, scientists now say a default brain mechanism may cause us to lose empathy when we gain power.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, October 30, 2013 9:29 AM

Very interesting.  I especially like the following section:

 

"What we have found is that when people get power and move up, but don't understand how to relate, don't communicate well, and appear insensitive, cold, and authoritarian -- that ultimately derails their careers," he says.

 

This comes at an enormous cost in time, money, and morale to companies, he adds.

 

 

"In practical terms, this type of research may eventually be used and put together with training programs like mindfulness training and educational workshops for executives to deal with power better," says Obhi, but adds that we are only just beginning to understand the effects of power.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 30, 2013 12:08 PM

This is an interesting study. What about those who begin with little or no empathy?

Monique Nillessen's curator insight, November 11, 2013 8:01 AM

Hopefully this study is wrong! So when you go up in the rankings, please practice empathy, to keep the standards up.

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7 Habits to Start in 7 Days to Guarantee a Year of Happiness

7 Habits to Start in 7 Days to Guarantee a Year of Happiness | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Happy people generally have something known as a “signature strength” – at least one skillset they’ve become proficient at, even if the learning process made them feel somewhat uncomfortable at first.

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Why Mattering Matters - General Leadership

Why Mattering Matters - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Make a choice to matter everyday by offering, thanking, encouraging, inspiring and letting others know you notice and believe in them. Mattering matters!
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Taking time to let others know they have genuine value...that they matter...is one of the most impactful investments you will ever make.

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What I Learned from Last Year’s Failures

What I Learned from Last Year’s Failures | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
6 Steps for Turning Setbacks into Success People often look at my success and assume I haven’t had any failures. Excuse me while I laugh. Have you seen my recent blooper reel? The truth is I have experienced plenty of failure. And many are a lot worse than a flubbed line. I just don’t usually publicize them. Here are three failures, just […]
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Smart, simple lessons on transforming setbacks into comebacks. 

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Honest Hearts Produce Honest Leaders

Honest Hearts Produce Honest Leaders | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Honest leaders are memorable. They keep check on themselves, demonstrate sincerity, lead by their values, and are ruled by their principles.

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Honesty is more complex than just not lying—it’s a commitment to knowing and understanding the truth, speaking the truth, and leading from the truth. 

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7 Tips For Great Storytelling As A Leader

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Tell better storiesand leave your audience wanting to hear morewith these tips on tale-spinning.

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We tell ourselves stories about why we do what we do; about why we act the way we act; about what we said and why we said it; about how something should be done or not done. The stories that go on in our head prove positively that stories are a natural mode of communication.

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25 Ways to Stop Feeling Overworked and Overwhelmed

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Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Practical considerations for anyone to consider in order to get the most out of life. 

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Leading with grace

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Newcomers in leadership positions often feel as if they’re wearing clothes that don’t quite fit.


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To lead with grace requires knowing who you are, which allows you to inspire people to help you move the organization toward its goals. And at first glance, it would be easy to conclude that women are better naturally equipped than men with the skills to lead with grace. After all, years of social science research has shown that girls’ early socialization focuses on ‘taking care of others’ and ‘learning one’s identity through relationship with others’. But data reveals this is not the case. 

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Helping Others Know You As A Leader: 3 Ways to Get Started

Helping Others Know You As A Leader: 3 Ways to Get Started | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
One of the best ways to build a connection between yourself and others is to share information about yourself—who you are, where you’re from, your influences, etc. Being vulnerable and sharing a li...

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As a leader, you have the opportunity to set the tone for the type of relationship you want to have with your people. Don’t make it a guessing game. Encourage open, trustful relationships with others by sharing your leadership point of view.

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Three Ways Leaders Can Listen with More Empathy - HBR

Three Ways Leaders Can Listen with More Empathy - HBR | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Techniques to help you hear, process, and respond.

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The ability and willingness to listen with empathy is often what sets a leader apart.  Hearing words is not adequate; the leader truly needs to work at understanding the position and perspective of the others involved in the conversation. 

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Xerox Services University's curator insight, January 5, 2:20 PM

Short, sweet and to the point!

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Behavior Multipliers: Four Factors That Can Lead to Success - Lifehacker

Behavior Multipliers: Four Factors That Can Lead to Success - Lifehacker | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

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Our constant quest to achieve more and work faster results is a trap. We get so obsessed with the goal that we forget to consider the factors that can help our hinder our success. Here are four behavior multipliers that can help you along the way toward your goals.

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What Makes Leaders Innovative? New Study Identifies The 10 Keys

What Makes Leaders Innovative? New Study Identifies The 10 Keys | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

““All the money in the world, all the research and development resources in the world aren’t really worth a hoot, without innovative leadership. Money does not follow ideas; it follows leaders,” said Forbes Contributor Henry Doss in his recent post...”


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In a recent Harvard Business Review article, the Zenger Folkman organization described what we believe is a somewhat unique study to answer the question of what successful leaders do to create more innovative teams.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, December 22, 2014 12:44 AM

Learn these and then live these:-)

 

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Why Tough Love Leadership Works - Forbes

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Teachings of the Far East explain the concept of yin/yang. In order to achieve balance, and ultimately success, we need to have oppositional forces present and equal.


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 If people know you have their best interest in mind, they won’t question your motives when you make a suggestion or provide direct feedback. Instead, they’ll embrace it.

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The Definitive Case For Being A More Compassionate Boss

The Definitive Case For Being A More Compassionate Boss | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

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Emma Seppala, associate director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, says compassionate workplaces are not only good for employees' mental and physical health, but for a company’s bottom line.

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4 Unconventional Steps Extremely Successful People Take in Life

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Successful people are successful because they take action.  They are taking action right now.  And YOU can be one of them.

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The Five Practices of Leadership

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Leaders aren't mommy or daddy. Successful leaders encourage everyone to think and act like competent people of influence. When leaders act like mommy, team members act like children. Family-style l...


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The purpose of encouragement is bold action, anything less is coddling. 

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Forgiveness: The Least Understood Leadership Trait In The Workplace

Forgiveness: The Least Understood Leadership Trait In The Workplace | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

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Today, people think for themselves, especially in the entrepreneurial arena.  Less really is more when it comes to building extraordinary organizations.  Give people a dream that they can wrap their head and heart around, get out of the way, and let them run!

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The 12 building blocks of impactful leadership

The 12 building blocks of impactful leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

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A good leader is a good communicator. The leader must deliver constant, clear messages to the team and to the company. He recommended that leaders deliver those messages in person whenever possible—whether the news is good or bad.

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How to Handle Difficult Conversations at Work - HBR

How to Handle Difficult Conversations at Work - HBR | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Start by changing your mindset.

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Difficult conversations — whether you’re telling a client the project is delayed or presiding over an unenthusiastic performance review — are an inevitable part of management. How should you prepare for this kind of discussion? How do you find the right words in the moment? And, how can you manage the exchange so that it goes as smoothly as possible?

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Chad Manske's curator insight, January 11, 12:16 AM

Many people dread, and even avoid having difficult conversations with employees who may not be living up to their potential.  These tips may help organize your thoughts as you approach how to have these necessary discussions.

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Be a High Performer (Not a Workaholic) in 2015

Be a High Performer (Not a Workaholic) in 2015 | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
High performers succeed. Workaholics burn out. Which are you?

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Great insights on how to maximize positive performance. 

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Is Your Management Style Scaring Your Employees?

Is Your Management Style Scaring Your Employees? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
You may think you're being direct, but you may be terrorizing your employees. Read on to understand the difference between being direct and running a ruthless regime.

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As a business owner, leader, or manager, it's important to be able to step into a place of neutrality.Being neutral is not the same as being "direct" or detached. Many times, detachment and so-called "directness" comes from a place of holding our anger back, or trying to keep our frustration in check. If this is the case, you will come across as judgmental and punishing.

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george_reed's curator insight, January 7, 6:45 PM

Toxic leaders rarely self-identify. They often have good intentions, from their perspective, but do not perceive that they are negatively impacting others in the process.

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10 Killer Habits that will Improve Your Leadership

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With the new year just around the corner, you may be ready to wipe the slate clean and take the ...

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Are you ready to improve your leadership skills? Adopting some or all of these traits could be a step in the right direction

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12 Leadership Lessons From Special Operations To Apply For The New Year

12 Leadership Lessons From Special Operations To Apply For The New Year | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

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Practical insights to elevate your leadership...in war or at work. 

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, December 31, 2014 8:21 AM

Love these tips form Navy Seals mindset. 

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New Leaders 'Need To Leave Their Comfort Zones'

New Leaders 'Need To Leave Their Comfort Zones' | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
With the tenth series of the BBC’s reality television show The Apprentice concluded and a winner duly found, we can once again reflect on the picture provided of business as a jungle, full of driven, highly competitive people with an attitude to teamwork that few sportsmen would recognise. Presiding over [...]

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 There are four key characteristics that differentiate leaders who thrive in today’s fast-changing business environment:

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How to Change Your Life in Just 2 Minutes a Day: 10 Quick Habits

How to Change Your Life in Just 2 Minutes a Day: 10 Quick Habits | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Lao Tzu “The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult.” Madame Mari

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Making a positive change in your life does not have to be about making a huge leap.

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Hervé Odet's curator insight, January 2, 3:48 AM

Heureuse année 2015 à vous, bonne lecture, Hervé Odet, Cabinet Baud

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20 Leadership Experts Share Their Single Best Tip

20 Leadership Experts Share Their Single Best Tip | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Trust what these professionals say about good leadership. They are experts on the topic.


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Good leaders all have one thing in common: They know how to seek advice. It's a bit like parenting. No one who raises a child for the first time understands the job perfectly. You have to keep learning and growing. These experts know the drill. They've written about their experiences in leadership, spoken in front of mass audiences, and honed their skills over many years. Here are their single best tips, exclusive just to this list.

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