Exceptional Leaders Align Their Bodies with Their Intentions

The way you carry yourself has an impact on how you are perceived by others. Your "bearing" can convey confidence, poise, decisiveness and openness. It can also convey arrogance, aloofness, indecisiveness and powerlessness. Your posture also can have a significant impact on your internal state. Are you ambitious, full of energy, or are you listless and resigned? How you carry your body will influence your moods and what you can achieve. Concave chest, stooped shoulders, slow movements, and shallow breathing can lead to disempowered states, while erectness, deep breathing, sureness of movement can be empowering. When you shift how you hold your body, new behaviors become possible.

Thought Provoker

  • Do you move through the world with confidence?
  • Do you stand tall?
  • What does your posture say about you to others?
  • When you observe another, do you make judgments based on how they hold their body? Others do so with you.
  • Have you tried to shift your mood by changing your posture, how fast or slow you walk, or perhaps how you sit in meetings?


Source: Copyright protected by author Bruce M. Anderson. Reprinted with permission. Thinking Partners Inc.