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Thursday 09 April 2015

Can power change how we connect with others?

What makes us feel psychologically connected to others? How does power get in the way? And what can we do to avoid power negatively affecting our communications?

These are all questions Benjamin Voyer, Associate Professor of Marketing and Academic Director of the Bachelor in Management at ESCP Europe, aimed to answer during his recent TEDx Talk at Hult London.

In a 13 minute lecture, Ben looked at how our power - our control over people or resources - changes our capacity to see things from other people's point of view, and how differently we respond when we are either powerful or powerless. He shared fascinating research on how our brains deal with power - likened to small 'brain traumas'!

He also looked at the effect of power on different genders, sharing that men in power feel more disconnected from others while women experience the opposite.

So what can we do with this information? Ben explained that understanding the ways in which power affects us empowers us to combat the potentially negative outcomes and helps us to become better leaders.  

Watch Benjamin Voyer's TEDx talk in full

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organised by a local community. Learn more

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