In a crowd or one-on-one, employees look to leaders for direction and gain more from non-verbal cues than words.
Make sure your body isn’t sending mixed messages. Pacifying gestures when you’re anxious or stressed - like touching your hand to your cheek or pursing your lips - can undermine an otherwise calm demeanor. While steepling - or making a triangle with both of your hands together - can signal confidence and strength.
Fair or not, leaders and executives are always being watched. Use your body language to your advantage and send the right message with confidence.