Embodied Leadership – Trump or Clinton?

What do you stand for as a leader?

How do you communicate this?

Most leadership development looks to answer these questions by focusing on various leadership models and cognitive training but few consider the impact of Embodied Leadership.

Embodied Leadership considers the whole message given out by leaders and especially through physiology. Including our posture, alignment, tension, relaxedness how we take up space etc., that affect our presence, the perceptions others hold and therefore their behaviour towards us, and our perceptions of them.

While many cognitively adept leaders place their importance on their words that reflect their mission, values and beliefs its their physiology that either supports this in the eyes of the audience as true and authentic or not.

We can fool our audience with clever words but what we embody finds us out.

What does Donald Trump embody?

Look at his physiology he reveals

  • Determination, achievement orientated, firm, resolute, tough – Often leaning forward, slightly hunched, tense shoulders, forehead, single point of eye focus.

These are many of the qualities that attracted his voters

His physiology also reveals

  • A dislike for feedback, other peoples’ views contrary to his own, empathy

Take a look at this video of Donald Trump ‘apologising’ for his beliefs on grabbing women’s body parts. Verbally there are two distinct sections to this short clip.

  1. His apology and empathy towards those he has offended
  2. Criticism, defend and attack for his accusers and his reputation

Specifically look at his embodiment throughout both sections.

Does his physiology clearly demonstrate genuine empathy, apology and connection for causing offence?

Is there any difference in his physiology between the apology/empathy half and the attack, defend and criticise section?

While many Clinton supporters are reconsidering they may have been better off supporting Bernie Sanders for the Democrat ticket Clinton’s physiology reveals

  • Organised structure, calculation of risk, pushing forward and applying the break at the same time.

Her Embodiment didn’t talk to or convince the voters. Lacking the body of genuine flow and receptivity; something she will need to practice and become genuinely comfortable with if she is to convince better.

Disembodied at work?

Instead of being embodied mostly we are disembodied at work. We treat the influence of our body as a ‘Brain Taxi’ instead of something that is integral to our effectiveness and authenticity to lead EVERYONE.

We get found out easily because when we are tense, closed, and judgmental or finding collaboration difficult our bodies give us away in an instant. Why?

Because these are often our longest held patterns showing through in our physiology. Traits we display because they were likely held that way since childhood.

Leaders struggle and leadership training struggles when it fails to redress these imbalances.

I notice little leadership change when there isn’t change in the body.

If you would like more influential, authentic leadership get in contact:

glenn@futurevisiontraining.co.uk

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    While many cognitively adept leaders place their importance on their words that reflect their mission, values and beliefs its their physiology that either supports this in the eyes of the audience as true and authentic or not.

    Glenn Bracey,
    Future Vision Training Ltd,
    14th November 2016

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