How to Lead Without Saying a Word

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Leaders can sometimes communicate more without words than with them.
A leader doesn’t always need to use words to convey meaning; non-verbal cues often say more than words can ever do.
Unfortunately, too often non-verbal cues are displayed to the wrong effect, that is, to display distraction, disregard or even distaste.
We have prepared a presentation to introduce and discuss some important points about this interesting subject.

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How to Lead Without Saying a Word

  1. 1. How to Lead Without Saying a Word
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Leaders can sometimes communicate more without words than with them. </li></ul><ul><li>What matters is poise and conviction. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Important <ul><li>A leader doesn’t always need to use words to convey meaning; non-verbal cues often say more than words can ever do. </li></ul><ul><li>Unfortunately, too often non-verbal cues are displayed to the wrong effect, that is, to display distraction, disregard or even distaste. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Leader – Be Careful <ul><li>Those in charge, especially those in very senior positions, must be careful not only with their words but with their body language. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Relax your Facial Muscles <ul><li>It is important to share a calm body language when talking to people. </li></ul><ul><li>When we do so, we seem more approachable, and as we are able to connect better with our subordinates and colleagues. </li></ul><ul><li>We can practice relaxing our facial muscles by looking in a mirror. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Invite Inspection <ul><li>Ask a trusted colleague to watch your facial expressions and your posture during a meeting, particularly a meeting where there will be intense discussions. </li></ul><ul><li>If you look bored or irritated, or if you are slumped in your seat looking out the window, you are sending a message that you would rather be elsewhere. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Invite Inspection <ul><li>If your face bears a severe expression, you may be radiating irritation. </li></ul><ul><li>Be conscious that people are not only listening to what you say, but how you carry yourself when you say it. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Keep your Powder Dry <ul><li>In some cultures, notably Native American and Scandinavian, the person at the top says very little, often speaking last on important issues. </li></ul><ul><li>Business leaders can also encourage subordinates to speak first and freely; only interject when you have something of real substance to add. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Keep your Powder Dry <ul><li>When the fur is flying, what gets people's attention is quiet confidence. </li></ul><ul><li>Don't raise your voice. Instead, once you have people's attention, speak calmly and with conviction. Nothing radiates power like controlled emotions when everyone else is shouting at each other. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Leaders Facial Expressions <ul><li>Leaders need not walk around with facial expressions that appear &quot;botoxed.“ </li></ul><ul><li>If real issues are at stake, it is wholly appropriate to show some emotion, and not simply with words. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Leaders Facial Expressions <ul><li>A leader is entitled to communicate with authority and vigor, and make it known the urgency of a moment. </li></ul><ul><li>Such emotion expended for a good cause is a great way to focus attention on important matters at hand. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Conclusion <ul><li>We should be aware how to behave in front of our subordinates and colleagues since our body language can help or jeopardize our instructions. </li></ul><ul><li>Learning to understand signals from our body language and voice is a good way to improve our communication and leadership skills. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Lico Reis Consultoria & Línguas - Brazil Roberto Lico Reis Feel free to send us suggestions about new presentations, that can help you to face your life or professional challenges. www.licoreis.com [email_address] E-books: www.migre.me/oQ5 Linkedin: www.migre.me/1d9r Twitter: @licoreis

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