Body language is a part of everyday life and the nonverbal cues associated with body language provide important sources of interpersonal information in a variety of environments and especially in the context of cultural diversity. The intent of this thesis is to understand how certain nonverbal cues can affect leadership within different cultures. The nonverbal cues studied will be body posture, facial expressions, and distance. The cultural regions studied are represented by China, France, Brazil, and Egypt. The appropriate nonverbal cues were identified and discussed based on the cultural context. Research suggests that positive and erect body posture would be beneficial for leaders in all four regions in regards to self-perception and workers' perceptions of leadership. Careful selection of specific facial expressions and direct eye contact would be favorable in all regions for self- and workers' perception of leadership. Considering distance, having less distance and initiating a handshake for self- and workers' perceptions of leadership would be an advantage, but friendly touching is culturally specific. Becoming aware of how certain nonverbal cues may influence the display and interpretation of body language serves to enhance the development of leadership and the promotion of positive attitudes and loyalty in business settings.
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Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Sciences
Dissertations, Academic -- Sciences; Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Vazquez, Melissa, "Nonverbal Cues' Impact on Leadership Across Cultures: A Review and Propositions" (2014). HIM 1990-2015. 1624.