Monday, September 11, 2017

Pygmalion Effect

Admittedly studies of the Pygmalion effect are difficult to conduct because they must be done in an unnatural and controlled environment which is not ‘real life,’ as some put it. Nevertheless, study results have shown a positive correlation between leader expectation and follower performance. Researchers have argued that the perceptions a leader has of a follower can cause the Pygmalion effect. That a leader's expectations are influenced by their perception of the situation or the followers themselves. And it is possible that perception and expectation may even be found in a similar part in the brain. Anecdotally, many report observing the Pygmalion effect in personal and professional relationships, in homes, schools, and in the workplace. [Whiteley, P., Sy, T., & Johnson, S. (2012). "Leaders' conceptions of followers: Implications for naturally occurring pygmalion effects". The Leadership Quarterly, 23(5), 822–834. doi: 10.1016/j.leaqua.2012.03.006] More tomorrow.

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