Interactive: You are where you sit

At the next meeting, pick your seat carefully—it says a lot about your status, attitude, even career prospects.

Seating arrangements in meetings, especially around a boardroom table, can influence outcomes, say psychologists and HR experts. If you sit in the same spot every time, that also affects how your colleagues perceive you, which, in turn, can impact your career trajectory. So it helps to understand the geography and politics of boardroom seating. And when you’re in a new situation—at another firm or your first meeting in a new job—it doesn’t hurt to ask your boss or host to suggest your seat.

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