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10 Tips for Leadership Presence


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Leadership should follow these ten tips for leadership presence. Leaders can fail to get a message across to their team without a sense of presence. Presence is a frame of mind as much as a physical embodiment of power or stature. In order to effectively communicate with your team, you must adhere to the following ten tips from Dianna Booher on creating presence.

Executive presence may be difficult to define, but we know it when we see it. Someone walks into a room, and heads turn. Conversation opens up to include them. When they ask, people answer. When they speak, people listen. When they lead, people follow.

Wherever you want to go and whatever you want to do, personal presence can help you get there. Consider these attributes, skills, traits, habits, and attitudes with the intention to incorporate them into your life.

1. Make your body language congruent with your words to build trust and credibility. When there’s a contradictory message, remember that body language trumps.

2. Walk, move, and gesture with energy. Your passion about ideas, projects, and life in general engages others.

3. Be professional, not professorial. Strive for simplicity. Never use a long word when a short word will do. Express your core idea with strong verbs and precise nouns. Use active voice. Don’t let diction and dialect detract.

More at Executive Presence: Top 10 Tips to Create Booher Consultants

Many of us forget to align our entire body to deliver the most powerful presence we can muster. Effective communication dictates that we must incorporate the body and voice to convey as much or more meaning as the words that you speak.  Working on these ten tips will boost your ability to command a room with your presence and to manage your team more effectively. If you seriously engage and follow these ten tips your leadership presence will be greatly enhanced.


Leadership Dictates Effective Communication at Work

Office Politics: A Rise to the Top

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Your leadership style paves the way for effective communication in the workplace. Communication is a basic facet of everyday life. An ability to effectively communicate via an array of mediums is a necessity in today's hyper-connected world. Unfortunately, people are losing touch with basic social interaction as digital communication becomes more prevalent. A guest post from Parkland Chamber gives us five benefits of great workplace communication.

Communication is central to all aspects of life. It’s a critical skill for maintaining your personal as well as professional relationships. With the encroaching social isolationism of the digital age, it’s more important than ever for businesses to actively promote and foster healthy communication in the workplace.

The Internet has changed the way we interact as a species. As a direct result of this transition, more and more graduates are entering the workforce with malformed sets of social skills. Like it or not, it’s your job to teach the skills that people used to learn in school. Helping promote open and honest communication within your workforce will create a rock solid foundation for all of your company’s operations.

More at Top Five Benefits of Effective Communication in the Workplace

Effective Communication is a true benefit to any endeavor you undertake. Ensuring that you can effectively communicate your thoughts, ideas, and feelings to others is of utmost importance to maximizing your chance of success in all aspects of your life. Workplace interactions benefit from communication by increasing connectivity and enhancing relationships that allow for efficient workflow. See if you and your workplace are benefiting from these and if you can enhance your work. Enhance your leadership to get the most effective communication at work. 



3 Leadership Tips for Building Trust

In her article at Small Business Trends, Diane Helbig shares examples of leadership being demonstrated (or NOT) on America’s Got Talent and Celebrity Apprentice. I had also noticed that Howard Stern has significantly changed the judging dynamic on America’s Got Talent. He acts like the classical manager, as if his decision is final. He doesn’t seem to recognize there are three judges. He often makes comments like, “You cannot go to the next step. I’m sorry.”

Howard Stern

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If this were a business organization, and he was one of the managers, how would his actions affect the trust level on the leadership team?

Diane mentions another example, which I did not see, in which Arsenio Hall and Clay Aiken didn’t trust their team members to get the job done. Sounds like they micro-managed everything. Have you ever been micro-managed? How did you feel? What did it do to your creativity?

These two stark examples of a lack of leadership actually help us see what TO DO to be an effective leader:

1. Communicate the Goal and How Important the Teammates Are to Achieving it

This is something that should be done early and often. When people understand what you want to achieve, why it matters, and how they are a part of that process, they are more likely to work with you. Remember here that it’s about the goal – not about you or your needs.

When we keep our focus on the goal, we remove our egos and emotions. We are able to keep things objective and professional.

2. Empower Your Team in Decision Making and Taking Action

When you hire people or add them to your team, you are doing it because you believe they bring skills and abilities to the table. Let them use them.

Don’t micromanage; don’t order them around; don’t keep them on a short leash. You need them thinking and acting enthusiastically. That’s how you’ll get the most out of them. When people are contributing with the best of their ability, your team is stronger and your odds of success go up dramatically.

3. Seek Input and Ideas From Your Teammates

You know the saying, “Two heads are better than one?” It applies to this situation. You don’t have to have all the answers. I submit to you that you shouldn’t have all the answers. When you get your teammates involved in the ideas you get greater buy-in from them. Let them help you problem solve. They’ll be more committed to the outcome and you’ll be working smart.

…More at Leadership Lessons We Can Learn From Reality TV

These are important factors in building trust and bringing out the best in your team. The key is to let go the need to control everything. You’ll not likely “completely” let go that need, but pull it back to 80% letting go, and only 20% controlling and watch what happens.