7 Nonverbal Cues for Managers to Consider

As a senior manager, emitting confidence to your employees is crucial to gain influence and respect. You can display your power, as well as your openness by controlling your nonverbal cues. Be conscious about these signals that determine how your team perceives you as a leader. Nonverbal cues can involve your body language, tone of voice and even the outfit you choose to wear to work.

10 Nonverbal Cues

Be mindful of the different nonverbal communication listed below and make a subtle change to drive the message that you are making to your team.

1. Eye Contact

One of the most important nonverbal cues is eye contact. In Western cultures, maintaining eye contact is the key to showing interest and confidence, while the lack of eye contact displays insecurity and anxiety.

When speaking to your team, make sure to show attentiveness by viewing the other person in the eyes up to 80 to 90 percent of the time. Also, be aware of how often you are blinking. A serious message should not be accompanied by rapid blinking since it displays lack of confidence.

2. Handshakes

Make an impactful first impression when meeting someone for the first time. Always be sure to stand as you introduce yourself with a handshake. When shaking someone’s hand, maintain eye contact as discussed above and smile as you firmly shake his or her hands.

3. Posture

As you walk, stand tall with confidence and command respect. Keep your shoulders back, chest out and head up to maintain this assertive posture.

This power stance will convey that you are a confident leader, rather than if you were to slump and show submissiveness. Generally, you want to take up more space in order to display leadership.

4. Mannerisms

During your presentations at management meetings, keep mindful of the distracting gestures you may display. Being fidgety or constantly touching your neck shows nervousness.

Keep your hands away from your face and instead, keep them in sight and open in front of the listeners. You may even naturally coordinate your hand gestures around your content.

5. Voice

The tone of your voice determines how your listeners will take in your message. If you are pitching a new idea to your employees, convey your excitement and they too will become enthused. Control your volume, intensity and speed. Each aspect has an impact on how you will be perceived.

6. Facial Expression

Know what your natural facial expressions look like. Do you look angry when you’re concentrated on a task? What about your relaxed face during a meeting? Don’t give off the wrong impression because your face doesn’t describe the way you actually feel.

Instead, try to relax your facial muscles and to give off a more positive vibe with a smile. You can even practice in front of a mirror to make it seem natural.

7. Outfit

Your appearance makes an impression before you even say a word. When shopping for work, make sure to buy high quality clothing with a proper fit.

Assess the work environment and dress better than your employees. Especially on days for meetings and presentations, dress a notch higher than you normally do on an average work day.

Final note to mention is the various body language norms across cultures. As you work with business clients in this global world, the best thing to do is to mirror the person you are speaking to.

Use your best judgement and transform your career and the way your team receives your message.

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