Hello SOTGC community,
He had me at hello! He was the kind of leader who grabbed the room the minute he jumped onto the stage. What is it about this leader who can stand in front of an audience — confident, casual, smiling, and excited to speak to you about the topic at hand?
Maybe he’s born with it? Maybe it’s Maybelline? No. Kidding aside, what is the secret to leadership presence? It’s a career buster if you don’t have it, but the good news is it can be learned, it can be acquired, and here’s how.
According to the book Leadership Presence written by Kathy Lubar and Belle Linda Halpern, a leader can learn a lot from an actor or actress because it’s about learning to genuinely connect to your audience. Combining years of theatrical and performance experience, Lubar and Halpern developed a model that breaks leadership presence down into four elements, each of which represents both a state of mind and a way of behaving.
- Be Present: Be completely in the moment and flexible enough to handle the unexpected.
- Reach Out: Build relationships with others through empathy, listening, and authentic connection.
- Be Expressive: Express feelings and emotions appropriately by using all available means — words, voice, body, face — to deliver one congruent message.
- Be Self-knowing: Accept yourself. Know where you come from and what you stand for and reflect your values in your words and actions.
Each element builds on the preceding element. For example, being present allows you to effectively reach out to others. Reaching out and building relationships allows you to connect with others and learn more about yourself.
Many believe that a leader needs to be reserved, above it all, cool, serious, and always in control. But you ask yourself, who are the leaders that inspire me, who put me in the spotlight instead of themselves?
The key to leadership presence is to recognize those we live with and work with. Take that first step — be present, be completely in the moment in everything you do and watch how your career will start to evolve! Who has inspired you? Who has put you in the spotlight? Tweet your answer at https://twitter.com/findyouraim. I look forward to hearing from you!
Here’s to Your Success!
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