The Wonder Woman Pose
Our brain and body are interlinked. If you can shift your body, you can trigger your brain to think and feel differently. That is why posture is important—it impacts your emotional state, changes the chemicals in your brain and thus the outcomes you can create.
Amy Cuddy studied how body language affects how others see us and even how we see ourselves. She showed how “power posing” can make us feel confident even if we don’t. For example, when people adopt a “Superhero Pose” before a job interview, they considerably increase their success chances. We give the same advice to people preparing for a presentation or simply as a daily ritual.
You can practice your Wonder Woman Pose by adding it to your Ta-Da list, standing hands on hips, chest out, head up, ready to save the world. No one needs to know you are doing it – simply try it out to give yourself a boost.
We know that the change in physiology sends a message to the brain that creates a sense of confidence and strength. Positive emotions flood the brain, which also helps you perform better that day. Dancing to an upbeat song can have a similar effect!
The HERO Effect
The impact of building resources around Psychological Capital for individuals and teams and the flow on to customer satisfaction give rise to improvement in bottom-line performance.
The components of Psychological Capital increase desired behaviours and activities at work – such as performance, productivity, and retention. They also decrease undesired behaviours at work – such as a reduction in sick leave and absentees.
It can help individuals to:
- Be engaged at work with high levels of wellbeing
- Have a sense of contribution, connection, and collaboration
- Be agile and intuitive to embrace innovation and change
- Show up as the best version of you
- Draw people – customers and employees to you and your team
So how can you cultivate psychological capital in your teams?