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It’s well-documented that men have a few inherent qualities that give them a leg up in the business world. But their body language and expression of emotion (or lack thereof) could be unintentionally hurting their performance at work.In a recent article, Carol Kinsey Goman at Forbes highlights a number of the biggest body language blunders that men are guilty of committing in the workplace. Here are the two mistakes she mentioned we thought were most interesting:
1. Not exhibiting empathy
Oftentimes, when a man is approached with a problem, he immediately dives into executive problem-solving mode. This can be blamed on the male brain’s temporal-parietal junction, which activates what Goman calls men’s “analyse-and-fix-it circuits.” This set of wiring can hurt men when a friend or colleague is looking for an empathetic ear. “The next time someone comes to you with an emotional problem,” writes Goman, “try being an empathetic sounding board rather than an executive problem solver.”
2. Invading personal space
Because successful and confident men typically occupy greater amounts of personal space, they often wind up invading others’ spheres. These infringements don’t go over well, as humans are biologically programmed to feel threatened when approached too closely. Goman says that “you can tell if you have infringed on people’s space by the way they react-stepping away, withdrawing their head or neck, angling their shoulders away, or placing an object (laptop purse, coffee cup) between the two of you. And when you notice any of these signs, back off!”
Goman also writes that three other mistakes men make are appearing intimidating, not displaying emotion, and acting as though they’re not listening.
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