Women excel at connecting one on one. According to social psychologist and Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy, “Warmth is the conduit of influence: It facilitates trust and communication and absorption of ideas.” Women have an opportunity to leverage warmth and trust to connect with individuals. Leading with warmth and connection is a different brand of leadership than men traditionally use.
How can you add instant lightness?
It’s the gatekeeper to likability.
It doesn’t need to be a plastic ear-to-ear grin, but do turn up the edges of your mouth.