Body Language Secrets Leaders need to Know
Whether you’re a business leader, a project manager, a high school teacher, currently studying an educational leadership degree online or maybe a parent or the captain of your local football team, to be an effective leader, you need to know how to quickly and correctly read the body language of those around you. The key to success here is in recognising what others are subconsciously communicating. These body language secrets highlight some of the best places to look.
Three Body Language Secrets for Leaders
These three body language secrets are important nonverbal communication clues for leaders to lookout for. They’ll reveal potential issues earlier on to help prevent trouble later:
Body Language Secret 1) The Neck and stress / insecurity: When stressed, we often hold a hand to our necks, and particularly to our suprasternal notch. This is an autonomic movement. We’re not aware we’re doing it, making it a great body language clue (because we can’t hide what we’re not aware of). If you’re talking to an employee, a student or your son or daughter and they grab or cover their neck, you may very well have said something that stressed them out. You may wish to question further to discover why your words have concerned them. This can lead to valuable, time and money saving information.
Body Language Secret 2) Forcedly Maintaining Eye Contact: The idea that when someone lies they look away couldn’t be any more wrong. When someone lies they’re more likely to force themselves to hold your gaze, being aware of the impression that looking away gives. Anytime you’re talking to someone and you feel as though their eyes have suddenly and unnaturally locked on yours, be aware. They may be hiding something or deliberately lying. Further questioning is required.
Body Language Secret 3) Unvoiced Disapproval: How do you know if somebody disapproves of your stance on a subject if they are unwilling to voice their disapproval? There are a few body language secrets that reveal this. Firstly, if someone strongly disapproves of your stance on an issue, they may show disgust by momentarily curling their top lip up so it reaches towards the nose, or by wrinkling their nose. They may show disagreement by subtly shaking their head even as they say “yes” or some other verbal approval, or they may break rapport (look for a sudden change in posture or for their body or face to turn away from you slightly).
Be on the lookout for these body language secrets. They can help save a lot of time and money for your business.