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Indifferent to Rejection: A New Way to Define a Leader

By SiliconIndia   |   Monday, February 4, 2013
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Bangalore: What is the mark of a powerful woman leader? People often tend to associate power with wealth and success.; And, Aaccording to a recent study presented at the annual conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in the United States, being indifferent to rejection may actually be the secret hallmark of the powerful.

Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, studied people in authoritative roles -- at work and at home -- and found that they were better able to cope and were also quicker to move on from experiences that involved rejection. These authoritative individuals were also found to incidentally chase after community and social bonding when faced with rejection; as reported by Brett Spiegel via Huffingtonpost.com.

"Powerful people appear to be better at dealing with the slings and arrows of social life, they're more buffered from the negative feelings that rejection typically elicits," says Maya Kuehn, lead study author and doctoral student in psychology at UC Berkeley, in a press release.

The researchers arrived at this conclusion after examining the power dynamics of four hundred & forty-four women and men ranging from age groups between  eighteen and eighty-two  in both career as well as  personal relationships, checking  in on their reactions to rejection.

In their professional capacity, participants were grouped in two categories, being either “high level” or “low level” and were requested to respond to various circumstances ranging from working with a colleague of the opposing rank who had rejected them; to not being invited to the office holiday party. Those from the lower level felt deeply upset and offended in both situations, on the other hand the  high level group appeared indifferent and chased different other activities.

"When rejected instead of accepted, subordinates reported lower self-esteem and greater negative emotion, but supervisors did not show an adverse reaction to rejection," says Kuehn in the press release.

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