Larry’s View on Leadership Body Talk
The experts say that non-verbal communication is as important as verbal, if not, more so.
When talking about non-verbal, body language, be careful not to use this information as hard and fast rules that apply to everybody all the time.
If team members appear bored, angry, or frustrated, then they probably are!
This leads to examining the congruence between body language and verbal language. For example, laughing while describing a very painful experience is incongruent behavior and hard to do. Try it. This incongruence indicates that something is amiss.
It’s also important to be attuned to cultural differences in body language that could be present among your group. So as always, when in doubt, check out your perceptions with your people.
Effective leaders need to be conscious of the power of their own body language. For instance, using open posture; standing where you can be seen by all; moving deliberately and for a purpose; using gestures to strengthen or enhance your communication; not using podiums or other objects to hide behind; making regular eye contact with everyone; and being expressive, amplifying what you are feeling and saying with your facial expressions.
Positive Body Language
Direct eye contact (no staring)
Negative Body Language
Eye contact not met