If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, probably you can’t. The power of self-expectations is vital in succeeding in personal and professional life. Galatea effect deals with just that, read on here to know more.
Norman Vincent Peale has rightly said, “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your powers, you cannot be successful or happy.”
The expectations of an individual from himself or herself and from the leaders plays a key role in their performance or non-performance. Galatea effect and Pygmalion effect deal with this power of expectations and mould a person’s motivation at the workplace. Not only work, it is of utmost importance in other spheres of life as well.
The power of your own expectations is Galatea effect. It is that part of motivation which relies on self-expectations. It is crucial for harnessing the power of an individual’s self-expectations for a productive and more fruitful life.
‘I believe I can’ is the manner of thinking of an individual who applies Galatea effect in one’s life, whether it is personal or professional. "Self-worth comes from one thing - thinking that you are worthy." This saying by Wayne Dyer pretty much explains how and why “self-fulfilling prophecies” are pivotal to galatea effect.
While Galatea effect is about the power of self-expectations, pygmalion effect is the power of expectations (that other people have of you). Pygmalion effect occurs when someone acts and lives up to others’ expectations.
‘I can do this because my boss (or someone else) thinks I can’. This manner of thinking works in pygmalion effect and it deals with the leader’s expectations and how it influences the performance and development of a subordinate.
To put it differently, our perception about someone else in a way pre-determines our expectations about their ability to perform. So our attitude toward them is based on the those beliefs and this creates a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy of performance or non-performance.
An ancient Greek myth exists about a sculptor called Pygmalion who had cut off himself from any kind of real human contact especially women. He sculpted a statue called Galatea. It looks so perfect and naturalistic that he fell in love with the statue.
The goddess Aphrodite expressed her appreciation and love for the statue and breathed life into it. Although the gods did play a role in bringing the statue into life, his creation turned into self-fulfilling prophecy, meaning that his love and belief for the statue was so significant that it became a reality.
This mentioned Greek myth is crucial in leadership and improvement of an individual’s performance. If self-belief and self-efficacy are indispensable traits of an employee and if one thinks that he/she can succeed, one is most likely to. That’s why it is called Galatea effect.
A compelling factor in employee performance, Galatea effect acts as a powerful performance tool for managers or leaders who help employees in believing themselves and in their efficiency.
"Self-fulfilling prophecy" is applied as the Galatea effect and it means that one’s opinion about his/her own ability and self-expectations about the performance greatly determines one’s performance.
Here are some ways by which a true leader encourages positive, powerful self-expectations in a subordinate:
Galatea effect is prominent not only in work life but in other spheres of life as well. For instance, if someone thinks that his or her relationship is doomed to fail, they will subconsciously get into things that will contribute toward it. And eventually, if the relationship ends up failing, her belief would be confirmed that she had it coming.
In a similar fashion, if an athlete believes that he can perform, then he will be able to put in 100% into his training and performance and might eventually win. And if one thinks that he can’t run a marathon, he will not put in the amount of effort that is required.
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