Nonverbal Cues and Leadership Presence

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Authors Kathy Lubar and Belle Linda Halpern suggest in their book, Leadership Presence: Dramatic Techniques to Reach Out, Motivate and Inspire, three guidelines for developing emotional expressiveness that inspires others, influences change and drives business results. 1.  Generate excitement 2.  Put nonverbal cues to work 3.  Find and express a passionate purpose How can you put nonverbal […]


Emotional Leadership: The Bad News for Buttoned-Up Leaders

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In the work I do coaching leaders, many still cling to the idea that emotional expressiveness is seen in leaders as weak and ineffective. Research into emotional and social intelligence reveals the contrary. Failure to show emotions makes leaders far less effective and not inspiring. Without recognizing and expressing our feelings, our ability to make wise […]


The Myths and Assumptions about Emotions

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When leaders communicate, they often focus on message clarity and overlook its important emotional component. Many cling to old assumptions about being emotionally expressive. “Emotional leadership is the spark that ignites a company’s performance, creating a bonfire of success or a landscape of ashes.” –Daniel Goleman, Harvard Business Review, December 2001 To generate excitement and engagement, […]


Leadership and Emotional Expressiveness

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How well do the leaders in your organization express their emotions? What about you? Can you and do you appropriately articulate your feelings? Do you use emotional expressiveness to persuade and inspire others? “Great leaders move us. They ignite our passion and inspire the best in us. When we try to explain why they are […]


2 Additional Power Cues for Leadership Communication


In this series of posts on leadership communications, I’ve been sharing the seven power cues from author Nick Morgan in Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading Others, and Maximizing Your Personal Impact (Harvard Business Review Press, 2014): Self-awareness Non-verbal communications Unconscious messages Leadership voice Social signals Reprogramming the unconscious Synchronizing with stories […]