Who would be the best leader? by John La Valle


With the U.S. Presidential elections coming up next month, and some of the debates on, who do you think would make the best leader? Politics aside, and the debates on, do you think there could be a clue in the candidates‘ language, and physiology?

While I know that many of my readers are from around the world, the fact is that there is much being reported on all the news about what’s happening in the U.S. The news reports are not where the best information is for this month’s exercise. When you have the opportunity to see any of the debates or speeches the candidates are involved in or making, notice how many of these Meta Programs you can detect. Which Meta Programs do you think a great leader would use during these speeches and debates? Please keep in mind that these patterns run naturally, and are best detected during natural speaking. Written speeches are done by someone else, usually, and if not, they are often fixed up for the speaker. Also, remember that Meta Programs are not used for profiling, as they may and do change regularly in context:

Chunk Size and Sequence:
Who is a bigger picture speaker and who is more detailed? More importantly, in what sequence are they chunking?: From big chunk to detail, or detail to big chunk? Who stays in the middle and chunks up or chunks down when necessary.

How do they, if they do, build propulsion systems? What’s the focus on? Towards things or Away from things? Keep in mind that this basic motivation sort can be used to motivate voters, and often to motivate people to become voters.

Who uses more active verbs vs. passive or inactive verbs? Who uses more complete sentences, as opposed to incomplete sentences?

While candidates speak about „change“, in whose language is it best detected? Put the phrases together. If a candidate were to say: „I want to keep the basic US fundamentals, but want change in the government“? What do you think of? Sequence is important!

Modal Operators and Sequence:
What is their favorite Modal Operator, if they have one? Is it want, like, must, need? or any of the others? If they have a sequence, does it go from stronger to weaker, or weaker to stronger?

Referential Index:
Do they use more of „I, me, mine, even we“ or „You, they“, etc. When it comes to public speaking, there is a specific use of modal operators that does work best. Can you recognize what it is?

During the debates, watch their „Stress Response“.
Who has a better one? During these political and economic times, which is better? Do they have a strategy to respond in a matter fit for a leader? Does it move to Choice? Kinesthetics? Stuck? Notice how long of a pause there is between being asked a question and actually outputting a response.
There are others, of course, and I’m sure these will keep you quite busy. I like to record the events and play them back, again, later, just to find patterns. While eye accessing cues can be fun, more significant is eye blinks and even more so, fluttering eyelids! And then there are smirks, smiles, eye contact, or lack of, and so much more, symmetrical body postures and asymmetrical body postures, and combinations of those. Watch and listen closely and then decide.

So, enjoy this month, and notice what you can. The best leader may or may not win, but then, again, that nominalization has a depth of definition inside it. Have fun!

©2012 John La Valle