Saturday, February 26, 2011

Leadership Secret # 23: Steepling and Over-Steepling

Juan Manuel Santos, Columbia's President is shown here speaking during a recent press conference.  His hands are in a "Steepled" position.  With the exception of news reporters, who are misguidedly told to use this constantly, steepling is usually a sign of high confidence and power - and is almost never seen in non-alphas.  The higher the steeple, the more strongly these emotions are being felt. Leaders and speakers be warned though - most who use this gesture end up over-using it, and in such cases it often backfires, and projects arrogance.