When it comes to confidence, you can’t fake it

But you can genuinely project it through tapping into authentic emotions, expanding your posture, and dressing for success

When it comes to confidence, you can’t fake itThink about a time when you needed to project confidence but felt uncertain or insecure. How did you handle it? Did you try to hide these feelings and just "fake it 'til you make it?" If you did, it probably didn't work. The problem is that attempting to suppress genuine emotions requires so much conscious…

Six crucial behaviours of collaborative leaders

The new leadership is a blend of personal and interpersonal skills that form the basis of your ability to impact, influence and inspire others

Six crucial behaviours of collaborative leadersMost executives agree that collaboration is more important than ever in today's turbulent business environment. A company's very survival may depend on how well it can combine the potential of its people and the quality of the information they possess with their ability – and willingness – to share that knowledge throughout the organization. Deloitte’s recent Future of Work…

How to fake charisma

Charisma is all about an individual's infectious positive attitude and personal energy, as projected through body language

How to fake charismaCharisma has been described as personal magnetism or charm. To me, charisma is all about an individual's infectious positive attitude and personal energy, as projected through his or her body language. People are the most charismatic when they are genuinely enthused, confident and upbeat about themselves and their topic. And as a leadership coach, I…

Three crucial skills for leading without authority

The goal of leadership without authority is to get others to willingly co-operate and engage, rather than following directives because you’re the boss

Three crucial skills for leading without authorityWith flatter management structures, increased outsourcing, and the moves toward collaborative cultures and cross-functional teams, the criterion for the job of leader is changing. More and more people are assigned to leadership roles in which they have no positional authority. The goal of leadership without authority is to get others to willingly co-operate and engage,…

The secret sauce of effective leadership

If you want to be evaluated as authoritative, understand what’s at stake in any situation and adjust your body language accordingly

The secret sauce of effective leadershipBefore the meeting began, Adam assumed a power pose: standing with hands on hips and feet wide apart for two full minutes to get all the advertised benefits of doing so. It worked. He could almost feel his stress level lowering and his self-confidence rising. By the time he strode into the conference room, took…

Why Trump’s speech to Congress made him look Presidential

Not only did he stay on message, but his body language, while showing some uncertainty, indicated he is genuinely vested in much of what he is saying

Why Trump’s speech to Congress made him look PresidentialBERKELEY, Calif. March 5, 2017/ Troy Media/ – On the morning of February 28th, U.S. President Donald Trump granted an exclusive interview to Fox News in which he evaluated his job performance. Trump awarded himself a grade of "A" for achievement and "A-plus" for effort, but only a grade of a “C” or “C-plus” on communicating.…

Trudeau on tour: a study of a leader’s body language

How the prime minister presented himself during his town hall meetings across Canada tell us a great deal more than he may have wanted to reveal

Trudeau on tour: a study of a leader’s body languageWhat does the body politic learn from a political leader's body language? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's town hall tour of the nation offered a tremendous opportunity to study how he interacts with average Canadians – and to try to understand the subliminal messages his body language and speech patterns sent to us all. Maya Angelou…

Assertive women perceived negatively in business

To groom women for top positions, offer them the coaching, mentoring, and career opportunities that develop leadership potential

Assertive women perceived negatively in businessBERKELEY, Calif. Jan. 7, 2017/ Troy Media/ – As a speaker at business conferences, I've addressed organizations around the world, and I've seen the genuine commitment that many companies have made to develop the leadership abilities of female employees and to create workplace environments with family-friendly policies and flexible work arrangements – all in hopes of…

Why feet don’t lie in communications

Feet close together, you're timid or hesitant; feet wide apart, you look more solid and sure of yourself

Why feet don’t lie in communicationsTwo of your colleagues are talking in the hallway. You'd like to join the conversation, but you don't know if you'll be seen as a rude interruption or a welcome addition. Want to find out? Just watch their feet. When you approach the twosome, you will be acknowledged in one of two ways. If the…

Trump, Obama body language told a different story

As cordial as the encounter seemed to be, it was obvious that there was no real warmth between the two men

Trump, Obama body language told a different storyBERKELEY, Calif. Nov. 18, 2016/ Troy Media/ - It was a meeting that was obviously highly stressful for both men. We’ll never know what was discussed when U.S. President Barack Obama and President-Elect Donald Trump were alone, but at their joint press conference their words were cordial and respectful. So was their body language –…