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Are you a toxic boss? If your team won’t tell you, neuroscience will (2017)

“Absolute power does, in fact, corrupt absolutely.”

Hogshead, S. Founder & CEO ‘How to Fascinate’
Inc., November 17, 2017
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“Confidence can be perceived as aggression by employees. Confident and powerful leaders can be seen as overbearing and dogmatic.”

“When we’re in the presence of someone who is more powerful, our innate response mechanisms are altered―translating into essentially a ‘deer in headlights’ response, because “your body is preparing to have heightened attentiveness to what others are doing and how you’re being evaluated,” says Deborah Gruenfeld of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

“There are actually distinct differences in serotonin levels based on position in the hierarchy, and those serotonin levels change as we move into alpha or beta positioning.

“When talking to a more powerful person, our personal boundaries can lower, making us resistant or skeptical.

“Our body language and speech patterns usually become deferential. We’re more open to suggestion, more easily persuaded, and more likely to be dominated.

“If you’re a natural leader, then you are comfortable being in command. This is a positive attribute and makes you a decisive leader. Yet if you slip in a tunnel of self-righteousness, you’ll be seen as overly opinionated, forceful, or oppressive.”

You can read the full article here: Are you a toxic boss? If your team won’t tell you, neuroscience will 

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