Amy Cuddy

Associate Professor, Harvard Business School

On Power and Influence.
Over 19 million views on TED.com

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Biography

World Economic Forum's 2014 Young Global Leader
One of Business Insider's 50 Women Who Are Changing The World

Amy Cuddy shows how to channel nonverbal behavior into persuasive leadership.

Her work on power posing — brief, nonverbal expressions of competence and power — has won praise worldwide. Her TED talk, "Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are", posted in October 2012, has been streamed over 19 million times and is the second-most viewed video on the TED site. Mashable.com chose it as one of 15 TED Talks That Will Change Your Life. The Guardian calls it one of 20 Online Talks That Could Change Your Life.

Researching social judgements, emotions, nonverbal behaviors, and hormones, Amy explains to audiences the role these variables play in shaping our emotions, intentions, and behaviors in business and society.

Her work shows that your physical posture not only affects how others see you, but also how you see yourself, your own hormone levels, and your performance and important life outcomes. Power posing — even for as little as two minutes before as stressful social evaluation, like a job interview — can actually alter an individual at the biological level and prepare the brain for stressful, high-stakes situations.

Amy's work has been featured on the Today Show, CNN, MSNBC and in Fast Company, Harvard Magazine, Wired, The New York Times, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and even as the theme of a Dilbert and Betty comic strips. She appears occasionally on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360.

In 2014, Amy was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. TIME magazine named her one of 2012’s "Game Changers" and Business Insider chose her as one of the 50 Women Who Are Changing The World, 2013. Her article "Connect, Then Lead" was one of Harvard Business Review's Ideas that Shaped Management in 2013.

Amy's research has been published in top academic journals and she has received numerous accolades and academic awards for her groundbreaking research. Her work was featured in Harvard Business Review's Top 20 Breakthrough Ideas for 2009 ("Just because I'm nice, don't assume I'm dumb"), Scientific American Mind in 2010 ("Mixed impressions: How we judge others on multiple levels"), and as one of the Top 10 Psychology Studies of 2010 by Psychology Today. She writes and blogs for Harvard Business Review.

Amy holds a PhD in Psychology from Princeton University and BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado. Prior to joining HBS, she was an Assistant Professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. At Harvard, Amy teaches MBA, executive education, and doctoral courses on influence & persuasion, leadership, and decision making. She is also a classically trained (and still practicing) ballet dancer, which informs her research on nonverbal communication.

Topics

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Power Poses: Using Body Language to Achieve Power And Influence

We know that what we think shapes what we do. But most of us don't know that what we do shapes what we think! In this talk, Amy explains how powerfully our body language influences not only other people's opinions of us but our own feelings of confidence and authority. With her guidance, you can learn how to adjust your self-presentation for big boosts in self-confidence and effectiveness.

Connect, then Lead

Most leaders think the best way to build trust is by demonstrating their competence: if they show how good they are at what they do, the people around them will be inspired. But Amy's latest research shows that competence without warmth can actively impair trust and connection. She explains how to balance warmth and strength, focusing on techniques that help project warmth and build rapport — an often overlooked but fundamental skill in effective leadership.

Videos

Your body language shapes who you are | TEDGlobal

Cure for public-speaking jitters: Stand like a starfish | BBC

Power Poses | Pop!Tech

TIME magazine 2012 Game Changer

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