In a crowd or on-on-one, employees look to leaders for direction and gain more from non-verbal cues than words.

Make sure your body isn’t sending mixed messages. Pacifying gestures when you’re anxious or stressed – like touching your hand to your cheek or pursing your lips – can undermine an otherwise calm demeanor. While steepling – or making a triangle with both of your hands together – can signal confidence and strength.

Fair or not, leaders and executives are always being watched. Use your body language to your advantage and send the right message with confidence.