Our bodies are constantly speaking for us, whether we realize it or not. Through body language, we can interpret personality traits, feelings, and attitudes simply through visuals of facial expressions and movements.

People Can Identify Aspects Of Your Personality

People communicate through both verbal and nonverbal methods. Essentially, nonverbal cues offer a more accurate measure of your overall feelings. So, communicating effectively through body language requires a certain level of control. Without speaking a word, someone can pick up on your attitude, intentions, and personality. This allows for early judgement to occur, which could be either a positive or negative depending on what you convey. This becomes much more significant in cases where you are in a leadership role. As proven, emotions govern our important choices, such as in the case of voting, much more so than rationality. This, too, comes into play with the workplace.

It Reveals Confidence Level

You have probably heard of the phrase “power posing”, which can enable you to feel more confident simply by the way you position your body. You communicate who you are through how much you talk, make eye contact, use an assertive vocal tone, and seem serious in your facial expressions. A charismatic leader might deliver their messages with more strength, enthusiasm, and capability. These characteristics create the effect of a caring disposition, as well as a strong passion for a pursued goal. 

Body Language Influences and Encourages Others

To create a positive influence, a person first has to take a stance. Decide what kind of leader you want to be. Then, interact using the qualities of such a leader. Creating a good impression on others takes more than one time. It requires a level of consistency. If you want to gain followers (and we are not just talking about through social media), you need to present yourself as someone credible and trustworthy. Body language creates this form of self-expression. Generally, if you appear angry or upset, others will pick up on it. So, even in the midst of a hard day, keep your body language neutral. Guard against defensive arm crossing over the chest or a furrowed forehead. Additionally, learning how to read others can also come in handy. It alerts you to how others are feeling and thinking without them uttering a single word.

Impacts Individual And Overall Workplace Vibe

No matter where you are in the org chart – from first level manager to CEO – your efforts and attitude impact your team. This is often referred to as the “Cascade Effect”. Every year, the Gallup Employee Engagement survey reveals insightful findings about the workplace. It helps inform leaders, managers, and HR departments about employee trends in engagement, motivation, and interests.  

According to the report:

  • Only 30% of employees are engaged at work.
  • Only 35% of managers are engaged at work.

On the manager side of things, it proves this point:

  • The manager accounts for at least 70% of the variance in employee engagement.
  • 50% of Americans have left a job to “get away from their manager at some point in their career.”

People don’t leave companies, they leave managers” is the point proven in this collection of data. Why work hard when the one leading is not even wanting to be there? Pay attention to the signals you are giving off, as they might lead to a negative reaction from fellow employees.

Reading Other’s Body Language Creates Understanding

If you’re a leader, you can influence more by opening the floor up for discussion.  When in a one-on-one conversation, ask for the other person’s thoughts. This creates a deeper level of understanding between you and another. You open the door to greater discussions and develop an open communication environment. Showing and setting a good level of engagement will positively influence work flow and allow you to be more persuasive and effective as a leader. 

Bottom line, body language is a vital aspect of success. It can communicate, even when words fail. So, stay focused on putting your best expressions forward. Undoubtedly, people will pick up on the truth that your body language conveys.

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