Women in leadership roles may be able to bolster self-esteem and improve public speaking skills with a single framed photograph of Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama. The Journal of Experimental Social Psychology has determined that pictures of famous, powerful female leaders boost confidence levels in women.
In the study, 149 women were shown photographs of well-known leaders prior to giving public speeches. The women were shown photos of either Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Angela Merkel or no photo at all. Observations concluded that women who were shown photographs of female leaders had longer talking times than that of women who were shown a male leader or nothing at all.
The Journal determined:
“Empowered behavior also mediated the effects of female role models on women’s self-evaluated performance. In sum, subtle exposures to highly successful female leaders inspired women’s behavior and self-evaluations in stressful leadership tasks.”
If a social experiment such as this one can conclude that 149 women are empowered in a single step, what are the possibilities for younger generations of girls and women?
Freelancers Union Contributing Writer Lindsay Van Thorten addressed photographed role models and their presence in the lives of girls. “The study sought to confirm evidence that when girls see women outside of stereotyped roles, they become more likely to pursue those non-traditional roles,” said Van Thorten, “For example, exposing girls to women in STEM careers increases their likelihood of pursuing those roles.”
Does it really work?
To boost your confidence levels in the workplace and leadership task roles, try the follow steps:
Hang a framed photograph of a female leader, or role model, in your home office or place of business. For girls and young women, hang pictures of women leaders in common areas of the home such as the dinning room, kitchen or hallways.
Read autobiographies, memoirs and web articles written by well-known women in positions of power. Maya Angelou, Arianna Huffington, Ann Richards and Oprah Winfrey have been studied at length, and have books written by and about them.
Contributions and innovations made throughout the annals of history have been at the hands and great minds of women. Learn about them and share their stories with younger generations of women via blogs, news articles, books and even your Pinterest account.
Whose photograph will you gain a boost in confidence from? Share your thoughts with me @GerilynWrites. Together we can open up a dialogue for women, by women. I’m sticking with the First Lady Michelle Obama, and will add more female leaders to my social media accounts to help other young women and girls gain the confidence they need to take on leadership tasks.
Do you know how to become “meaningfully engaged” with your life? Before listening to productivity consultant David Allen’s TEDTalks speech, I did not know how to practice the art of meaningful engagement. I’d never even heard of such a thing, which piqued my curiosity.
Admittedly, taking on so many projects is overwhelming. Whether it is managing people, ghosting writing 200 pages for a client, or re-working a calendar of projects – I get overwhelmed! When I get overwhelmed, I search for answers via Google. Although I sought relief from my fretting, I did not bargain for the life-altering speech of David Allen on my quest for knowledge.
Today, I’d like to share this video with you because it has changed my life for the better. All it took was twenty-three minutes of my full, undivided attention. If you’ve searched for a better way of getting things done, becoming more productive and turning your inspired thoughts into a doable project, this video is for you.
Share your new perspective in the comment box below. I’d love to hear what you’ve found most useful about David Allen’s speech.
As many of you know from reading my blog posts, I am a believer in learning something new everyday. With the act of learning, it is important to remember to apply the act of allowing these new learning experiences to come to you with an open mind and heart.
After visiting with my vocal coach (yes, I’m learning how to sing and breath correctly because it’s super fun), she imparted a tidbit of invaluable wisdom. She told me to practice the art of allowance. Ever since that moment, I have had a clearer understanding of not only how to deflect negative energy from my everyday life but how to allow positive energy and thoughts to rush into my everyday tasks and interactions with others.
Just because we have a wish to learn new things doesn’t mean we actually do. Most of the time, I’ve struggled to learn new things even though I’ve desperately wanted to and that is because I didn’t allow myself to use kindness and self-acceptance while intercepting new information.
So now, it is with a glad heart that I am able to share this quote with you and hopefully you will allow yourself to let positivity enter into your life.
Whether you write in the stiff silence of a library or in the comfort of your home office, your mind will hit a red-brick wall after several hours of writing. At the point of blockage, all you want to do is this: nothing.
Can you imagine yourself doing nothing? A difficult concept to grasp for busy bodied Americans, doing nothing is oxymoronic but simple to do. Although I do not advocate laziness or deadline ignorance, I do encourage all writers to do nothing for at least ten to fifteen minutes every day.
The act of nothingness is a mental break. However temporary this method may seem, it is a release from deadlines and self-imposed writing pressure. This ten-minute mindful work break will leave a lasting impression of your well-being and improve your writing process. It’s science.
Before watching Andy Puddicombe’s talk about 10 Mindful Minutes,via TEDx, I felt guilty for “doing nothing” when I felt as if I should have continued to write despite mental fatigue. After applying the 10 mindful minutes method to my writing schedule, I feel more confident in my word choices and have more time to enjoy the peaks and valleys of the writing process.
Mindfulness isn’t exclusive to Zen-seeking social media gurus and content managers. As a writer this technique will help you become more mindful of your processes, add structure to the work day, and help you reduce deadline pressure. If you found this blog post helpful or have a work break tip you’d like to share with me, leave a comment in the box below.