We all know that feeling of timidity when approaching someone in leadership. Leaders, however, must be approachable, but how?
Here are a few tips:
Close the laptop. Any time someone stops by, even for a few minutes, we need to close the lid on the laptop and give 100% of our attention.
Make good eye contact. Looking others in the eye demonstrates interest and engagement. If we constantly look down, at someone else, or seem distracted, we communicate the opposite.
Watch the body language. We communicate a great deal through nonverbal language. Body language expresses that we are either approachable or unapproachable.
When leaders are approachable, we learn how to lead better.