Can power change how we connect with others?

Ben VoyerWhen deciding whom to promote in an organisation, human resource managers often solely rely on factors such as an individual potential, achievements, skills, and personality traits and how well these fit with the new position. What are often overlooked, however, are the social psychological consequences of the promotion of an individual on her or his behaviour.

In my research, I study how power changes the way we see ourselves in relation to others. More specifically, I look at how power affects how we feel psychologically connected to others and how we act in leadership positions. My research also provides direct inputs into managerial practices, and led to the development of teambuilding activities, which can help doctors and nurses to work more interdependently in medical settings.

To learn more about this topic and my research, you can watch the following talk given at a TEDx event organized in London, in January 2015