Body Language Of Leaders
Research has shown that leadership success is a result of hard work. But what makes a leader unique? Great body language.
Body language skills are a powerful tool to motivate your direct reports, build rapport with them, share ideas with greater credibility and project your personality. This is a powerful skill set for leaders to learn. Self-monitoring is the practice of paying attention to your nonverbal behavior. These observations can be used to influence future behavior and to make changes in your style.
Do you want to increase your leadership abilities? You need to pay more attention to your body language if you want to improve your leadership skills. These body language tips for leaders can help you shift your leadership to high-gear.
Start with your body posture
This is how it works: Lift your shoulders towards your ears. Now, roll them back. Now, lower them. Keep your shoulders back, your head straight and in a standing position. This will make you appear confident.
Expanding into space and height is a nonverbal way to show power and authority. Sit tall and claim your territory if you want to be a leader in a meeting. Place your feet on the floor and cross your legs. Move your elbows away form your body, and extend your arms. Expanding your body language will change how people perceive you. It will also influence how you feel about yourself.
Be aware that your feet can be too close together when you stand. This can make you appear unsure or hesitant. You will appear more solid and credible if you widen your stance and relax your knees.
Pay attention to your posture. Are you looking to be more powerful? Do not cross your arms or legs. Instead, try practicing postural expansiveness. This means standing tall or sitting straight up and arranging your body in a way that opens up and takes up space. This will give you the illusion that you are more powerful regardless of your position in an organisation.
Always lean forward. When you lean in, it shows others that your genuine interest is in their thoughts. However, don’t lean too far in order to make others uncomfortable. Two foot is considered a good distance in a business setting.
First impressions are crucial in business and sales interactions. Fair or not, it takes seven seconds for people to form a positive or negative opinion about you. According to some studies, it only takes one tenth of a second. It’s a quick judgment!
Tips To Impress
Maintain eye contact. Eye contact shows trustworthiness and openness. People can feel disinterested or disconnected if they see you looking down or around too often.
Smile. The “Duchenne smile” is when your lips are turned up and your muscles around your eyes form crow’s feet. This A genuine smile is, in other words. True enjoyment is represented by this Duchenne smile. This happens when your zygomaticus minor muscle lifts your corners, while your Orbicularis Oculi muscles lift your cheeks.
Your attitude is important. Take note of how you feel about meeting clients, colleagues, and the like. You can make the necessary adjustments to project the attitude you desire in any given situation.
Engage in a proper handshake. We aren’t shaking hands as often as we used too in the COVID era. Handshakes are a great way to build rapport and quickly return to normal when things get back to normal. Handshakes should not be too firm and not feel like a limp noodle. Try to maintain a firm handshake with the person you are shaking hands with. Your palms should touch.
Use gestures to signal leadership
Smooth, controlled gestures between the waist and shoulders can enhance leadership presence. To show warmth and openness, rotate your hands at a 45-degree angle with your palms facing up. This is a sign that you don’t have anything to hide. Another way to show sincerity and security is to move your arms and hands away from your torso.
You can show authority by turning your hands palms down when you gesture. This is a nonverbal sign of confidence and control. It can be extremely effective when you need to stress a point.
Avoid the “fig leaf” gesture. Most people subconsciously clasp their hands behind their lower bodies, creating a protective effect called the “fig leaf”. This gesture is a sign that you are insecure or uncomfortable, particularly during formal presentations. You could also clasp your hands at the waist.
People perceive you through your gestures. You can connect with your audience by using a variety gestures. Talking with your hands is more persuasive and convincing, as long as they know what you are saying.
Effective communication is at the heart of great leadership. Many leaders are too focused on their spoken words and ignore the nonverbal cues. These include facial expressions, hand gestures and body movements as well as eye gaze. Leaders should understand the importance of body language as it can change how people act towards them.
Learn More About Body Language
Leaders may benefit from a short course that teaches them how to read body language and use it to radiate strength and warmth. A course will also address gender stereotypes and cross-cultural body languages. It will also explore the role of body language in virtual communication. For a short course or a tailored training session contact our team for more details.