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The Silent Language of Leaders: How Body Language Can Help--Or Hurt--How You Lead

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A guide for using body language to lead more effectively Aspiring and seasoned leaders have been trained to manage their leadership communication in many important ways. And yet, all their efforts to communicate effectively can be derailed by even the smallest nonverbal gestures such as the way they sit in a business meeting, or stand at the podium at a speaking engagement ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published March 16th 2011 by Jossey-Bass
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The first part of the book is promising and explains the subtle art of body language, how it impacts every aspect of our lives and why it is so. Studying body language is not an exact science and Goman makes sure to remind us to look into the context of the person we are reading. In that context, the second part of the book make sense.
I found the second part of the book less interesting with long lists of what cultures do or do not do - time keeping, exchange of business cards, greet colleagues
Anthony Mendoza
Coral Goman has given us a book useful for becoming more aware of gestures and body language. Personally, the business world is both unattractive and uncommon from my experience of employment, yet, this book would be most useful for the many white-collared workers out there. The ending discussion of cultural contextualization of body language and the reformation of body language for the millennials was well written and eye-opening to the sensitivity business men and women will need for the curre ...more
Jun 16, 2016 Metta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Body language is the most primitive way in which our emotions are revealed to the outside world, from facial expressions to the placement of one's arms and feet, the body can transmit a gamut of information about our emotions.

This becomes especially important when we are a leader in a business where your effectiveness largely depends on the message you portray, from both your words and the way you express yourself. People unconscious pick up these "body cues" and quickly form lasting impression
Vladimir Grigorov
Sep 22, 2015 Vladimir Grigorov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Корицата и заглавието на книгата навяват асоциации с един особен жанр на self-help литературата, който като начин на писане може да се обобщи така - “Аз съм най-добрия, най-умния, най-готиния, най- най- най-, прочетете тази книга за да станете и вие най-добрите, най-умните, най-готините, и т.н”. Вътре стила си е точно такъв. Въпреки това тази книга ми беше много полезна. Признавам, че въобще не подозирах колко много информация разкриват неосъзнатите действия и жестове в междуличностното общуване ...more
Scott Wozniak
Aug 07, 2013 Scott Wozniak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written with solid reminders and some interesting insights, it's not a long book.

There are some clever ideas--note the legs/feet to get a more honest read of people in a seated meeting--and some leader specific ideas--where to sit at a conference table (maximize eye contact), But the first part of the book is mostly standard, solid body language.

The final section was my favorite. The author asked leaders from cultures all over the world to explain how their culture handles: eye contact, p
Amal Shoeib
There are multiple considerations to closely pay attention to such as:

Consider context: Should someone in this situation be acting like this?Look for clusters of actions, not isolated ones: All three of those behaviors are associated with…?Get a baseline: How do they normally act?Be aware of your biases:Are you tempted to cut them slack and they haven’t started speaking yet?

Your abilities will make a quantum leap if you realize that body language is part of a bigger context and a bigger cluster
Alan Caramatti
Aug 10, 2012 Alan Caramatti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business, non-fiction
This is an interesting and insightful book on some of the behaviors our bodies engage in that also reflect our attitudes. At the same time, the author avoids common traps in this subject, such as promises that you: (1) can manipulate people by faking attitudes (why?), and (2) will be able to read people's minds by reading their bodies (yeah, right!). The author does a good job of referring to specific studies that have been done, and the Notes in the back of the book refer you to the original so ...more
Dan Gabree
Jun 10, 2012 Dan Gabree rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable read, both entertaining and enlightening. Good insights into different perspectives on actions, and some good advice on certain situations. Explores actions from the perspective of an international community, as well as looking at gender specific considerations.

All in all, I found myself taking more notes and finding more NEW perspectives than I ever expected from a book on this subject. Definitely worth reading and perhaps, reading twice.
Ben Galbraith
I enjoyed this book. I learned quite a few insights about how body language influences people's perception about others. As a business-centric book on the topic, I learned how I can be a better manager and a better peer by paying more attention to both my own body language and body language of others. But ultimately the book seem to contain a great deal of filler material and I felt I could've gained everything that I learned by reading a short article on the topic.
Michael Sanderson-green
Interesting enough to read but a bit light on and superficial in research. I felt there was too much an emphasis on women changing their body language to be more like men , the reality especially in Australia is male leaders are trying to develop the people skills most women already have so why suggest women move towards a dysfunctional group when I fact they are ideally place in the new world of management.
Jul 09, 2011 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read for those who are in leadership positions. It is interesting how many small gestures can be taken the wrong way. Everyone comes to conversations with their own expectations and baggage. It is very important to always remember how gestures can be misinterpreted.
Good stuff to know!
Ravi Warrier
There's nothing new that this book says on the subject not does it say anything different from the thousands of other books written on body language.

Brownie points for wrestling it around leaders, but otherwise it's just an average book.
Kat Davis
A lot of the info in this book was common sense, but that is not to say there were some really interesting facts and suggestions. Written more for the management type, I can see how these 'tells' would be good to develop for people management. All in all a relatively interesting read.
Nov 12, 2014 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eye opener...

While reading I begin to be exposed to the role body language play's in our lives.
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Oct 14, 2014 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating stuff on how our body language will help us in leadership and communication. Really enjoyed the chapter on gender differences.
Jun 21, 2016 Alicia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is great if you need a basic introduction to body language. If you are looking for a more in-depth look, read elsewhere.
Jun 16, 2015 Minjung rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leadership
A quick read to understand behavioral descriptions and what it means.
Oct 16, 2014 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
This book made me think about my own leadership habits and ways to improve them.
Danny Wong
May 01, 2014 Danny Wong rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
Interesting to understand how non-verbal clues can make such differences in every day communications. Many of the suggestions are common sense, worthwhile for a quick read.
Apr 02, 2012 Carolyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
The frumpy presentation and illustrations made the book feel dated, despite being published in 2011.
May 18, 2015 Thai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good book with lots of real life examples.
The book is easy to read so I've enjoyed reading it!
The recommendations on presentation (body language onstage) are great!
This book is alright, not the best. It is best read for defense against people who think it is an absolute, precise science. Body language exists but it is not the complete communication package.
Sep 02, 2015 Vladimir rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
доста банална, интересни факти относно понятието "време" в различните култури, другите неща вече съм ги чел
Feb 01, 2016 Uri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good book, thorough and thoughtful.
A must read
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Dr. Carol Kinsey Goman, president of Kinsey Consulting Services, specializes in energizing individuals and organizations to thrive in an environment of constant change. Carol is an international lecturer who presents keynote addresses and seminars for corporations, management conferences and major trade associations. She is the author of ten business books, including "THE NONVERBAL ADVANTAGE: Secr ...more
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“the next time your opponent presents a written document for you to read, resist the temptation to look at it. Instead, ask him to tell you what it says, and watch his body language as he does. You'll learn so much more.” 0 likes
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