Anchoring your ability to lead

Many North American Indians think of trees as ambassadors between heaven and earth. Trees stand tall using gravity, their leaves open to the sun and heavens while their roots remain planted firmly in the ground. What is less known is that these same First Americans think of humans as walking ambassadors, standing balanced, tall and proud while anchored into mother earth.  It is both effective and attractive. Does this description reflect the posture you lead with?

We have already talked about how you can hold your head in a way that cooperates with gravity. Now let’s take a look below. When you are standing ”at ease” how much of that ease really shows?

For instance:

  1. Do you normally place more weight on one foot than on the other?
  2. Do you stand with your feet parallel or do your feet look as if you want to go in two directions at once?
  3. How soft are your knees and do you use your leg muscles or your skeleton to support your weight?
  4. How does your lower back feel after standing in your preferred (habitual/unconscious) position for a while?
  5. How soft and receptive are your feet to the ground that is supporting you?
  6. In other words, how good is your connection to and much do you trust mother earth to hold you up?
  7. How much of this information about how you “make your stand in the world” is available to others, even those you wish to follow you?

All of this information and much more is available to everyone around you. Consciously or unconsciously, all of this information is broadcast each time you enter a room. Could it be an advantage as a leader to be more conscious of it? Test it.

Next time you are in a group of people, look around and observe the way those around you contact the earth. Start to notice and sense who seems connected and comfortable having the earth support them. Notice those who don’t and most importantly what about how they carry themselves that diminishes their connection. Observe if there is any correlation to how they contact the earth and how they contact you.

When you are walking down the street observe how others are walking, both the leaders and the followers. Pay attention to the efficiency of their gait.

  • Which ones would you choose to follow?
  • Which ones are you tempted to give a slight nudge, just to watch them fall over?
  • Which ones inspire you with confidence and which of them just look uncomfortable and nervous?

Give yourself some bonus points if you notice something and attempt to copy that in your own body to see how it feels. This is a great exercise to connect body language to the underlying emotion. If you notice someone walking like a penguin, try imitating it and see what kind of sensations show up in you. If you see someone taking longer or shorter steps than feels natural, try that too.

Did you know that there was a study done a few years ago on who were the best targets for getting mugged?

A goup of convicted muggers watched a film where a number of people with different kinds of walks were shown. The muggers were almost unamimous in their agreement that regardless of too short or too long a gait, those with an abnormal gait were the ”easiest marks” and the most attractive targets.

The point?

Get present to and conscious of how you stand, how you walk and how you place your feet. People do notice (or at least sense it) and it says a lot about who you are and what you do. In our Sensational Leadership workshops we pay close attention to how you stand and how it affects those you are trying to lead. The results achieved by those that do begin paying attention are often magical.

Have fun taking a walk on the ”conscious” side,


If learning more about your body, its language and your ability to adjust and improve it please check out this June’s Body Harmony Workshop event being held in Stockholm on the 15-18 of June.

About The Author


I am fascinated with what makes us humans ”tick”, especially when it comes to how we consciously communicate and express ourselves with our body language. My business background is in international sales and sales management, selling everything from automobile tires in Houston, Tx, to retail banking delivery systems in 20 countries. I have graduated from CoachU’s 3 year Coach Training program, been certified as an Extended DISC consultant and become a Certified International Body Harmony Teacher with over 20 years of ”hands-on” experience in bodywork. This rich and varied background combined with over 20 years of being an entrepreneur has blessed me with insights and experiences I never would have noticed in the corporate world. Mainstream business now seems to be waking up to the riches available from more conscious and responsible business practices. Expanding Understanding’s Sensational Soft Skills Toolbox , the books I have written and training I have developed now provide savvy decision makers and their colleagues measurable results and a more restful night's sleep. These tools provide an edge in consciously understanding, deliberately using and profiting from the most powerful communication tool available, our bodies. I look forward to meeting you on this path to mastery in non verbal communication.

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