My friend Carol Kinsey Goman has written a number of great books on body language. Her latest, The Silent Language of Leaders: How Body Language Can Help—or Hurt—How You Lead, is a cracker of a book.
Carol has recently written a great article over on my articles website, Body language will make or break future leaders, and shared with us three predictions that link the future of effective leadership to nonverbal communication. Here’s one:
PREDICTION #1 – The visual technology revolution will make body language skills even more crucial than they are today.
Leaders have always been under scrutiny, but with future developments in visual technology, a leader’s body language will even more exposed to evaluation. For example: There is no doubt that videoconferencing — especially with products like Cisco’s Telepresence, which allows participants to see and be seen as life-size images — can help build stronger bonds and improve rapport. But video communication can also heighten participants’ anxiety and self-consciousness because there is no hiding behind a text message or computer screen. Leaders will need to develop their nonverbal skills to make the most of these tools.