Google “leadership” and you will no doubt find articles about whether or not leaders are born or made. The conclusion that most reach is that they are made (or trained).
So what is leadership? There are hundreds of definitions out there – but put quite simply it is the ability to enroll and inspire others to head in your direction.
Enrolling and inspiring others to follow your lead – means becoming a great communicator.
When people ask to think of great leaders … they are often larger (and louder) than life.
However most communication occurs non-verbally.
According to experts, a large portion of our communication is non-verbal. Every day, we respond to thousands on non-verbal cues and behaviors including postures, facial expression, eye gaze, gestures, and tone of voice. From our handshakes to our hairstyles, non-verbal details reveal who we are and impact how we relate to other people.
Being present in the company of others – so you not only pay attention to what people are saying and not saying is an important skill that can be learned. Some call this active listening.
Luckily this trait can be learned. And it is essential in the toolbox of tools of any great leader.