We hear with our ears but believe with our eyes...

As a leader, you will be more effective if you convey a non-verbal message that matches what you say.  That means, checking your body language when you are about to offer feedback, run a meeting or ask for their input.

Here's your 6-point checklist:

Head - holding your head straight up means confidence, tilted means listening

Eyes - look at individuals in the triangle of their face: eyes up to forehead

Smile - please do!  (Unless it's bad news, then be authentically concerned)

Shoulders - down and relaxed sends a confident, calm message

Hands - no crossed arms please!  Open arms is more collaborative

Feet - stop walking and turn toward your audience

This week, just before you talk to one person or the whole group, take a moment and do the 6-point body-check.