Body Language of Leaders
Vanessa Van Edwards -- Behavioral Investigator and author of "Human Lie Detection and Body Language 101" -- stopped by to test our skills on reading the body language of a leader.
Can you spot a leader?
Body Language of Alphas: The Nonverbal Secrets of Being a Leader
1. What do leaders do?
Typically leaders smile less. Smiling is a subordinate behavior. Women smile more to please others and are therefore less often the alpha. If you are in a powerful room, smile purposefully.
2. What do leaders do?
Alpha's interrupt. They speak and expect others to listen. Notice if a leader in your life interrupts you and then politely correct them with something like "I can't get a word in with you!"
3. What do leaders do?
Trick question! Alphas hold eye contact when they are speaking but look away when others speak to them. This is a very rude behavior and take note if you do this to others. If someone does it to you stop talking until they look back at you.
4. What do leaders do?
Leaders stand still. Leaders have less movement as they are observers, others move around them. People should try to fidget, pace and hop less to be more powerful and in control.
5. What do leaders do?
Leaders keep their head very still. Nodding is a sign of submission. You can nod to show agreeableness but be aware of head bobbing!
For more from Vanessa, check out her articles in the Huffington Post.