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Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D.

Leading Without Authority

The goal of leadership without authority – which is increasingly the case because of flatter management structures, outsourcing, and cross-functional teams – is to get others to follow you and cooperate rather than to follow directives because you’re their boss. This kind of leadership takes social intelligence, a blending of personal and interpersonal skills that forms the basis of your ability to impact and influence others: It’s formulating messages that are decisive, assertive, and succinct. It’s engaging others in ways that are authentic, empathetic and motivational. It’s projecting confidence and poise under pressure. It’s aligning your nonverbal behavior with your verbal messages. And it’s building relationships of trust (inside and outside your organization) that form the foundation for collaboration. Backed by neuroscience and based on research from Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, MIT Media Lab, and Columbia School of Business, this interactive and energizing session gives you tools and strategies you can put into action immediately.


Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D. is an international keynote speaker who has addressed over 200 organizations at global conferences, universities, professional associations, government agencies, and business enterprises in 25 countries. Carol is a leadership contributor for, a featured blogger for LinkedIn, and a human resources columnist for Troy Media. She is the authtor of 12 books, including “The Silent Language of Leaders: How Body Language Can Help – or Hurt – How You Lead” and the creator of’s video series “Body Language for Leaders.”