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Amy Cuddy

Best-selling author, award-winning lecturer, and social psychology expert on the behavioural science of power, presence, and prejudice.


01. ranked thinker

Ranked #35 in 2019.

Previous positions:
#43 (2017), #50 (2015).


Shortlisted for the Thinkers50 2015 Leadership Award.


A classically-trained ballet dancer, and retired roller-skating waitress.


Cuddy has a powerful habit of tapping into the zeitgeist and accessing the latest research to shed light on how people behave in the real world. Focusing on the power of nonverbal behaviour, the delicate balance of trustworthiness and strength, and the ways in which people can affect their own thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, she teaches people how to become more present and influential in their professional and personal lives. Her latest research delves into the psychological causes and consequences of bullying among adults, and the steps that we all must take to move towards social bravery.




Social psychologist and former Harvard Business School professor, Cuddy earned her PhD from Princeton University in 2005. She is co-founder of the Citizen Confidence Project, an initiative of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders,  and works with the World Economic Forum to develop and teach an annual executive leadership programme for residents of the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. She continues to teach at Harvard in executive education.


Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges (Little, Brown, & Co., 2015); Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are (TED Talk, 2012).




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Courageous champion of brave ideas.

Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Thinkers50