Category Archives: Manipulation

Reading emotions

Imagine that you are sitting down to holiday dinner at which a number of friends and family have gathered. The host, Micaela is young, a bit nervous, rushing about trying to please the guests. Timidly she offers a plate of … Continue reading

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The tipping point of overconfidence

One of the traits of leaders that make people want to follow them is that they exude confidence. They seem sure of themselves as if they know their way around and have a plan for where they are going. One … Continue reading

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Who is being transformed?

Transformational leadership is a theory based on leaders with a set of skills that inspire followers (typically employees) to value their contribution and therefore work harder. It seems like the perfect answer to increasingly competitive nature of business in a … Continue reading

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Beyond emotional expressiveness

Businesses are eagerly attempting to model their upper level management into a more charismatic group. What message is necessary to enhance their influence? And what is the cost of doing this? According to a recent study at the University of Lausanne, … Continue reading

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Literary devices and charisma

“Edwin Escobar Luz” by Herbert Rouge – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons – Most people determine a leader’s charisma using nonverbal characteristics, such as conveying emotional states, demonstrating passions through gestures and compelling use of … Continue reading

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Charisma and Emotions

Emotional expressiveness seems to be the major component of charisma. When other people can reflect our emotions, or show reactions to events that match our own, we are more likely to trust them.  In order to reflect another person’s emotions … Continue reading

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What is a soft skill?

There is no precise definition of the components of emotional intelligence. However they are often similar to what has been previously referred to as “soft skills.” Recently list of the top soft skills desired for managers included resolving conflicts, negotiating, correcting people, … Continue reading

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Emotional control

The more emotionally intelligent one is the more ability one has to perceive, understand, and manage emotions. Not just one’s own, but other people’s also. Those who possess this kind of intelligence are more able to manipulate others, but their influence … Continue reading

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EQ versus IQ

Emotional intelligence is touted as the necessary skill to get ahead in the business world. Tech savvy, logical reasoning and high IQ are not enough. These traits/skills cannot propel you to the places you can get if you understand emotions, … Continue reading

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Kind and harsh

Two research studies on the nature or empathy have caught my attention recently. One has found a genetic basis for empathy or at least the appearance of being kind and friendly. In this experience people watched the interaction of couples … Continue reading

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