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Ways Leaders Use Silence To Increase Their Power

Written by Aaron

Powerful Ways Leaders Use Silence To Increase Their Power which can be cultivated by  us all

According to Forbes, silence can leverage opportunities and advocate ones self for greatness.

Sometimes, words are not all they are said or seen to be. Silence can yield more power than words.When you use silence strategically, your words are likely to have more impact and you’ll be viewed as a more effective and measured leader. As said by Mark Twain, “The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.” Also Leonardo da Vinci said, “Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.”

Leaders know how to effectively use silence as a tactic for speaking up for themselves and as an opportunity to lead. Here are some needed times when leaders use silence to increase their power and authority:

Connecting with people

 Rather than dominating the discussion, give the person you are talking with the ‘space’ to respond. It makes you engage and connect with your team better.

 Building trust.

To develop effective relationships,one must learn to build trust. And to build trust is only done by listening.

In  establishing a relationship as a leader, do not do all the talking. Introduce yourself, ask questions about your team or a member and listen. Learn about them. When they realizes you are listening to them, they will listen to you.

Empower others.

Leaders solely empower others.Here, they rarely tell people what to do. Rather, leaders provide them the opportunity to identify the blueprint or guidelines for achieving the goals they set out to achieve. Leaders want to know what other parties think.

When you propose a new deal or project , ask your reports or members to share their thoughts with you. Give them the chance to speak up with their ideas. Leaders give others the opportunity to lead, helping you to gain respect and increase your power. It is the sole purpose of a leader to empower others, and if challenged well with silent can stand you out as a great leader.





In negotiating, silence is a great tool because it can cause some discomfort in the other person which makes them share words more than needed, and can be nerve-wracking. When the person  you are negotiating is silent, you wonder what they might be thinking. Turn the tables around for your good. Let them wonder what you are thinking.

In striking a deal, let’s say the other party mentions a figure  to give. Do not rush in answering immediately even if its a huge sum. Don’t say, “No” or “Yes, I’ll take it”. take some time and Pause. The discomfort of the silence will always make the other party want to fill the vacuum and start talking. Make them reveal information that helps you to have the upper hand moving forward in the conversation always.


 Getting the answer.

Use silent to get the required answer. It is said, ‘The sooner you become silent, the quicker you will get your answer.’ Just ask the question, and stop. Many people are guilty of asking a question and not stopping at the question mark which drives the appropriate answers away. Be silent!

Don’t continue on with less or more excuses or explanations. These words reduce your question and the power of its message.

 Emphasize a point.

In most cases, Intelligent people are accustomed in not talking too much, so as leaders. If you use too many words, the point you want to get across can get lost. Silence or fewer words allows you to be heard when it matters most.

For instant, in a meeting, don’t answer every question that is posed to the group or the board of executives. Respond to either one or if more, two questions. Your words are likely to be more memorable than those who gong or chime in at every possible chance to weigh in.

 Center yourself.

Your power of silence need not to be reaped by others for you. Take time out of your day to enjoy silent. First thing in the morning, hold a moment of silence when you wake up. Go into a room during the workday if possible, and close the door for a few minutes of silence. Engage silent mode just before you go to bed.

As said by Thrive Global Founder & CEO Arianna Huffington, “We all need time to be alone. We all need time to be still and to be silent.” We can’t be afraid of silence, Huffington suggests. Otherwise, we will burn out and yield to a position of powerlessness. Leverage any means of opportunities to remove yourself from the noise to center yourself and increase your energy and power throughout your day.

Use silence to control the pace of your presentation.

Audiences usually have the tendency to easily spot a nervous speaker. Anxious talkers often proceed at a nonstop pace without pausing. That’s a dead giveaway concerning stage fright or even in the board room. Leaders among speakers, on the other hand, control the timing and the rhythm of a speech. They do so by making their argument at exactly the appropriate pace. By so doing, pausing sufficiently will both  allow your audience to view you as that kind of speaker and demonstrate confidence in you as well.

Getting Work done Unstressed

Silence enables us to get more done, so it’s a great productivity booster.Research shows that people who spend less time talking at the workplace accomplish more  task and feel less ‘stressful’ by the end of the week.


There are numerous of times when silence can speak louder than words. Know when silence will help you more effectively  to speak up for yourself, lead and increase your power and authority. Chanel your mind as a leader for greater success.