How to Show Dominance Using Body Language

How to Show Dominance Using Body Language

How to Show Dominance Using Body Language

Through the small gestures of the body, you can communicate your intentions and thoughts. Such physical behaviors sometimes leave a long lasting impact more than verbal communication. Through body language, you can judge the status and rank of the person. It enhances the effective qualities of leadership communication. The prolonged display of body gestures enhances the energy levels and confidence.

Eye Contact

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If you have a firm eye contact, it means you have achieved your target and have a hold of the position. Looking into the eyes of the other person without blinking shows your confidence which further cements your dominance as eye is the gateway to your soul. Holding your gaze for 1-3 seconds is enough to register your dominance.


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Holding the hand on top while shaking hands with others firmly with the palm facing down, depicts the level of control and dominance over the other person. Holding the hands for longer than normal or using strength to squeeze the hands are also common gestures to show your supremacy.



Dominant individuals place their hands on their hips, with head held high up, standing erect with chest thrust out to make the body seem big and boastful as if they are the boss. They would not try to act submissively with hands in the pocket.

Facial Expressions

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Numerous facial expressions highlight of one being dominant like frowning for being disapproved, pursuing lips, and narrowing eyes when in anger. The head will move very little when bored or amused. There will be signals of comfort and stillness in the facial expressions of a dominant person showing lack of anxiety; this shows their maturity and high headedness. The smile of dominant person is also reserved than that of submissive people.



To reinforce body language, dominant personality will speak before anyone else speaks to show his control and knowledge over the conservation as speaking is also a verbal form of dominant behavior. Speaking first often gets the opportunity to get control of the conversation, rather than talking for longer; they might interrupt or ignore others by turning away.



Patting or touching freely is also another signal of a dominant person as one can come to know about his superiority and the person being patted also feels honored. This expresses the supremacy of the dominant person.



Dominant people are always a step ahead of others; they lead and often go through the doors before others, walking down the middle of the path expecting others to give way. They prefer to take front seat instead of taking a back seat and decide their own path instead of following the path of others. They flaunt their accessories through their body language to display their power.

Numerous gestures portrayed are easily understood universally, but the posture, the looks; the attitude is somewhat different in dominant people. These dominant behaviors can be spotted everyday and everywhere but simple gestures as mentioned above are the core features of a dominant person.