You’ve probably had bosses you adored, and bosses you really disliked. But you likely respected both types, albeit in varied ways. What makes these types of leaders, and your reaction to them, so different?
On this episode, Dr. Jessica Tracy of UBC’s Emotion & Self Lab, makes the case that pride, the first “deadly sin” we’ve all been warned about, is what distinguishes those two types of leaders. As detailed in her new book, Take Pride: Why the Deadliest Sin Holds the Secret to Human Success, Jessica and her colleagues have meticulously argued that pride can enhance your performance, for yourself and your team alike, if manifested in the right way.
Of course, Jessica’s research is much more nuanced than that. She talks about the two types of pride and what they usually look like in the workplace, and we discuss the different ways in which individuals gain influence over a group of other people.
Jessica also details the evolutionary basis of pride and our instinctive reactions to seeing proud individuals. We talk about leaders who have sought dominance versus prestige, including Steve Jobs and Lance Armstrong.
Jessica Tracy is a Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia and a Canadian Institute for Health Research New Investigator. Her groundbreaking research on the science of pride has been published in leading psychological journals and covered by hundreds of media outlets.
Jessica’s research combines emotion and science in a fresh and fascinating way, so be sure to tune in!
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On Today’s Episode We’ll Learn:
- How confidence and self-esteem relate to the two different types of pride.
- Why it’s important to distinguish between self-esteem and narcissism.
- The divergent tactics people use to gain leadership in a group.
- How dominance can be used to lead a group, and the negative social effects it can breed.
- How pride can be seen as inspiring in some contexts, yet arrogant in others.
Key Resources for Jessica Tracy:
- Connect with Tracy: UBC Emotion & Self Lab | Twitter
- Amazon: Take Pride: Why the Deadliest Sin Holds the Secret to Human Success
- Kindle: Take Pride: Why the Deadliest Sin Holds the Secret to Human Success
- Audible: Take Pride: Why the Deadliest Sin Holds the Secret to Human Success
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- Steve Jobs
- Lance Armstrong
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