Leadership Body Language Stands OutA leader can be recognized by his or her body language. Great leaders show respect for others in the home, in relationships and in business dealings but they still exhibit power in their body language. There are body language cues anyone can learn to look like a leader. You too can learn to use body language to show your good leadership abilities.
First, lets look at what NOT to do. Here are the things that are signs of someone who is not a good leader: (You should not do these things!)
- Using signs of dominance and intimidation such as invading others' space (office, lunch table, etc.) without their invitation.
- Standing close and over others seated.
- Interrupting others' stories with own version of what is "right".
- Showing strong signs of disagreement with sarcasm.
- When seated with others, leaning back and putting arms behind head.
- Arms folded across chest.
- Drawing "doodles" on note pad while others are talking or presenting briefing.
- Sitting with chair at a big angle away from (e.g. not facing) the speaker in conference or meeting room.
- Slouching in chair with one leg over arm of chair.
- Starring glassy-eyed at speaker and not blinking.
- Yawning when others are talking.
- Picking at finger nails or at imaginary lint on clothes.
- Tapping fingers on table or chair.
- Fiddling with pencil, pen, or personal objects.
- Bouncing leg rapidly and repeatedly with ball of foot on floor.
Here are positive indicators of people who are good leaders, or are working toward a leadership position: (These are things you should do!)
- Listen and don't interrupt others speaking.
- Respect the space of others and don't enter office or work space without permission or acknowledgment of presence.
- Ask opinions of others and offer help to others when needed.
- Cheerfully greet others.
- Maintain a positive attitude and "can do" approach for all new tasks.
- Really look for, admire and congratulate others on their jobs well done.
- Do use and respect the "chain-of-command" for all communications.
- Don't gossip or complain about others.
- Lean forward in your chair toward speaker.
- Make eye-to-eye contact with normal blinking.
- Make slight head nodding on key points made by speaker.
- Make little or no extraneous arm and leg movements while talking to others.
Respect is earned. Use your body language to get the respect you deserve.
Practice Using Powerful Body LanguageLeaders and people who feel confident display their feelings with body language that is open and strong. They take up more space and do not try to hide.
When people feel insecure and lack self confidence they tend to exhibit closed body language and make their body take up less space.
Research shows that people feeling strong and energized have higher testosterone hormone and lower cortisone, the stress hormone. Interestingly, if you purposefully exhibit the open and energized body language you can produce more testosterone and lower your cortisone. That is good and can benefit your body's health and well being. Wow! What a deal: free health and wellness treatment whenever you want it! (Maybe time to join a gym and attend exercise classes!)
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