Apr 8, 2019
Episode #32: Body Language
A large part of our brain’s initial wiring as a child was the result of some very specialized brain cells brain researchers discovered in the mid 1990s called mirror neurons. These specialized brain cells were triggered from an early age by observing the energy and body language of those around us. This enabled us to sense what their emotions. Our ability to catch the feelings or moods of others has evolved in order for us to survive and thrive within our social groups.
We tend to take on the behaviors and body language of the people with whom we spend the most time. Our mirror neurons resonate with the energy of the person having the experience just as if we were the ones having that experience. These 'spidey senses' refer to our ability to sense imminent reward or danger.
If a leader’s actions and body language reflect their authenticity and emotional intelligence the organization will be much more willing to embrace innovation and change. If they do not the opposite will occur. Whether positive or negative, emotions can spread like an energy virus throughout an organization.
The body language and emotions of the individuals we choose to surround ourselves with can have a huge impact on our results. The process whereby the behavior of an individual or group of individuals gradually begins to spill over and affect the behavior of the group as a whole is called emotional contagion. In order to create an environment where innovation and change are encouraged we need to be developing our authenticity and emotional intelligence.
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