Want more confidence? Want to be seen as a leader? Turns out, you can control whether or not your colleagues perceive you as competent and committed — a “natural leader” — by behaving confidently at the start of a meeting.
Writing exercise produces confidence
New research by professors at New York University and Columbia University Business School have found that, by writing about ambitions before a meeting, research subjects gained an immediate (and persistent) boost in status. The researchers found that “people primed to feel more powerful and happier through a writing exercise later achieved higher status during group tasks.” Furthermore, “that early assertiveness becomes self-reinforcing within the group.”
Projecting confidence inspires confidence
So, the next time you prepare to enter a new group, spend a few minutes writing at least two paragraphs about your aspirations and ambitions. That’s all the boost you need to walk into the room as if you own it — and make others believe it, too.