Think of a leader you admire the most!
What are some of the qualities that stand out for you?
I bet their confident body language is definitely one that impresses you!
Body language is an important aspect of communication, particularly for leaders.
It can convey confidence, authority, and trustworthiness, and can influence how others perceive and respond to a leader.
In this blog post, we will discuss the important body language cues that leaders should be aware of, along with examples.
Watch out for some additional resources that I will share at the end of the post to help you further understand this.
1. Eye contact
Leaders who maintain good eye contact with their audience convey confidence, interest, and sincerity.
Imagine someone who refuses to meet your eye. That is typically a sign of dishonesty or under confidence.
But a confident leader looks everyone in the eye to show that they value their opinions and ideas.
Such leaders talk to them and not at them. They converse with their audience will looking at them.
Posture is another important body language cue for leaders. Leaders who stand up straight and tall convey confidence, strength, and authority.
Conversely, leaders who slouch or hunch over may come across as uncertain or lacking in confidence.
Gestures can be a powerful tool for leaders to emphasize key points and convey enthusiasm.
Leaders who use open and expansive gestures, such as hand gestures or arm movements, can convey energy and enthusiasm.
For example, imagine someone standing with their hand hanging on either side as opposed to someone who uses them to add emphasis and animation.
That’s a big difference in how people perceive you.
4. Facial Expressions
It’s impossible to hide our face while addressing people as a leader. Even on camera, it is advisable to keep the video on to gain credibility.
For example: leaders who smile frequently and maintain a positive expression can convey warmth and approachability.
Think back on Obama’s speeches. His eye contact and friendly smile had a lot to with winning people’s hearts to be their leader.
5. Tone of voice
While body language and facial cues enhance the message, it’s the voice that deals the deal!
Leaders who speak in a clear and confident tone convey authority and conviction.
Conversely, leaders who speak in a hesitant or uncertain tone may come across as lacking in confidence.
For example, a leader who is delivering a difficult message should speak in a clear and confident tone to convey authority and conviction.
Movement is another important body language cue for leaders. Moving purposefully is the key to convey energy and enthusiasm.
For example, a leader who is leading a team meeting should move purposefully around the room to convey energy and enthusiasm.
In conclusion, body language is an important aspect of effective communication, particularly for leaders.
Leaders who are aware of their body language cues can use them to convey confidence, authority, and trustworthiness, and can influence how others perceive and respond to them.
By using these body language cues effectively, leaders can inspire and motivate their teams, build strong relationships with clients and colleagues, and achieve success in their professional and personal lives.
If you are a leader and wish to work on your body language, here are a few resources:
Read the book Presence by Amy Cuddy
Use these 10 tips to make power pose a part of your life
If you have any questions about projecting confidence as a leader, you can get in touch with me here