The analysis of what makes Vladimir Putin a successful leader based on how he carries himself is not publicly available; information regarding what makes him so feared and respected among the world leaders is limited. However, available information shows that Putin is usually described as a strong man, always cool and decisive, and a man of his words. World leaders, such as US' Donald Trump and China's Xi Jinping, have all disclosed in one way or another, their respect for Vladimir Putin.
QUALITIES AND MANNERISMS OF VLADIMIR PUTIN
- In 2001, Muscovites revealed that it was Putin's appearance and manner that made them gave their approval for his presidency, as he was young and forward-looking. "He always conducted himself in a dignified way and was always neatly dressed."
- Furthermore, "he was young, blond and energetic, suggesting that he would lead the country along the ‘right path’. He never interrupted, did not speak too much himself, and never shouted. Moreover, he was a man of his word."
- Putin is known to make up his mind swiftly, as seen in his swift military intervention in Crimea that led to its subsequent annexation.
- He is known to be cool and decisive under pressure, as seen when he organized and launched a well-concerted military operation against secessionist rebels in Chechnya — an act that skyrocketed his public-approval ratings before his election in 2000. This created an image/impression of a strong law-and-order candidate before the polls and contributed to his success after that.
- Vladimir Putin has crafted his image as a strong man, often appearing in photographs topless to showcase his body or macho image.
- He has been described to be austere and reserved — widely known to keep his private and family life out from the public.
- Putin Joined the Night Wolves bikers' gang during a celebration of a Russian bikers' festival by the Black Sea in 2011. It is said that "the gang played a prominent role in whipping up patriotic fervor during Russia's takeover of Crimea in 2014."
BODY LANGUAGES OF VLADIMIR PUTIN
- Body language trainer, Michiel Andreae, analyzed the body language of Vladimir Putin at public events and provided six detailed body languages and how one could use each of them.
- The expert described Putin as being a bit of an enigma and being perceived as a strong leader. "His actions are often unpredictable and no one in the world quite knows what he is thinking or what he is planning on doing next. He further described Putin's body languages as typical of a leader.
- In analyzing a handshake scene between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, another analyst revealed that Putin has alpha status.
VLADIMIR PUTIN AND WORLD LEADERS
- During the remembrance ceremonies marking the Centenary of the end of WWI today in Paris, body language analysts analyzed the interaction between Vladimir Putin and the trio of Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron, and Angela Merkel. These analysts suggest that Donald Trump, with an alpha status, holds Vladimir Putin to high regard, an act they termed "a common alpha-upregulatory behavior" because Trump "feels he's beta to Vladimir Putin's alpha status."
- Furthermore, their analysis suggests that Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel held disgusting, incredulous, and contemptuous expressions as they looked at Putin.
- Donald Trump has not hidden his admiration for Vladimir Putin. During the 2019 G20 Summit, he was quoted as follows: "He is a great guy. I think we had a really good meeting. I think he is a good person, we started discussing trade. I think we should have trade between Russia and USA, two great countries. We had a great meeting yesterday. He is a terrific person. Thank you very much."
- In other reports of Trump's respect for Putin, he said, "The man has very strong control over a country," he said. "Now, it's a very different system and I don't happen to like the system, but certainly in that system, he's been a leader. Far more than our president has been a leader."
- Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, has expressed that Putin is his 'best friend' and a good colleague. In a ceremony where Jinping presented two pandas to the Moscow Zoo, Putin described the gesture "as a sign of deepening trust and respect between the two powers."
To address this request, we started by searching for information on what makes Putin a successful leader based on how he carries himself, body language, how he speaks, and mannerisms. We also searched for what makes him so feared and respected among the world leaders. We achieved this by searching through reputable media sources and news aggregators, such as CNN, DW, BBC, Britannica, Forbes, and Reuters. With this, we found information mostly on Putin's rise to power and his successes. We could also find some pieces of information around some of his mannerisms, qualities, and image as a leader; however, none of these news articles/reports directly highlighted how these mannerisms, qualities, and image contributed to his success as a leader. We also narrowed our search down to target Russian news platforms, such as Carnegie.ru and Kremlin.ru; however, these sources broadly cover Putin's political and leadership reports, articles, and events. None of them provided any relevant information on how Putin carries himself or what makes world leaders fear him.
Next, we searched through expert opinions, studies, and journals that highlight how Putin's mannerism led to his success as a leader. We also searched for what makes him so feared and respected among the world leaders. We took this approach because we surmised that since Putin is a very popular figure, there should be professional research studies or case studies that mention what makes Putin a successful leader based on how he carries himself. For this approach, we mainly found two reports, published by Taylor & Francis Online and Central & Eastern European Online Library (CEEOL) that profiled how Putin carries himself, such as conducting himself in a dignified way and being a strong man. However, they never explicitly or implicitly highlighted how these mannerisms and qualities contributed to his success as a leader. Also, there was no information on what makes him so feared and respected among the world leaders.
We also attempted to 'reverse search' for the reasons Putin is considered a successful leader, and then, compile a list of these reasons. We did this because we wanted to observe and identify the possible patterns that relate to his mannerism and/or how he carries himself. While we could identify multiple reasons, such as his swift military intervention in Crimea that led to its subsequent annexation, we could not identify any pattern that points to his mannerism and/or how he carries himself.
Next, we specifically searched for body language experts and analysts who have analyzed Vladimir Putin's body languages to see if they suggest that these body languages have contributed to his success as a leader. We also searched for what makes him so feared and respected among the world leaders. While we could find a few reports, such as those from Body Language Success and Science of People, that deeply profiled his body languages at some public events, none of them implied that they contributed to his success as a leader. Furthermore, while these sources outlined instances, including body languages, of some world leaders who expressed their disgust for Putin, there were no express reasons why he is feared or respected. Thus, since there is limited information on what makes Putin a successful leader based on his mannerisms and/or body languages, we provided relevant information on his features, general mannerism, and body languages.
On the other hand, after reviewing media platforms, professional research reports, and academic reports, research showed that though Vladimir Putin remains a popular and well-respected figure internally, the outer world holds mixed feelings for him. Among world leaders, such as Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel, Theresa May, and Boris Johnson, they appear to be very huge critics of Putin, his beliefs, ideologies, and policies. However, Xi Jinping and Donald Trump appear to respect and admire him. There aren't any report or comments from Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel, Theresa May, and Boris Johnson that shows fear or respect. Moreover, it is unlikely that a world leader would publicly admit his/her fear for his contemporaries.
Lastly, we have used an old report published by Taylor & Francis Online because of its relevance in providing insights into some of Vladimir Putin's qualities as a leader.