Do you know it actually takes more effort to frown or scowl than it is to smile? When we smile, we actually use less muscles than when we are angry or upset.
If that is the case, then doesn’t it make sense to smile more? Why is it that leaders find it challenging to smile more often?
When I had a corporate career, prior to having a managerial or leadership role, I was a very relaxed, happy-go-lucky person. I certainly was happier and smiled a lot more when interacting with my work colleagues.
When I was promoted to a managerial role and had overall responsibility for a manufacturing site, the way I interacted with others certainly changed. I was now more serious, tense and felt the pressure of being in charge of the success or failure of the site.