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Connect, Then Lead: How to be a Happy Warrior

As a leader, which is better? Being lovable or being strong? Machiavelli posed a similar question and answered that one should be both, but because it’s hard to unite these two attributes in one person, it is much safer to be feared than loved.” A growing body of research led by Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy suggests that this may be the wrong approach. Leaders are judged by immediately by two characteristics: how loveable they are (their warmth, communion, or trustworthiness) and how fearsome they are (their strength, agency, or competence). (more…)