When searching for the definition of “Leadership Presence” Jo Miller, CEO of Women’s Leadership Coaching, Inc., discovered a variety of responses, including “We know it when we see it.”
As a young aspiring leader or someone seeking to move up in their department, hearing you need “leadership presence” is hard enough to define, much less knowing what to do about it.
Are some of us born natural leaders, while others will never have it? No, but developing your leadership presence does take self-awareness and the right attitude.
Amy Cuddy, a leadership presence researcher with the Harvard Business School defines two distinctive traits to leadership presence- warmth and authority.
Communicating Warmth & Authority
How do you communicate warmth? Look to leaders you admire, and observe their trustworthiness, communion, and likability. Spend some time studying their body language, use of vocal tone, and word usage. List those things you would like to do more of as a leader.
How do you communicate authority? Again, observe how your favorite leader communicates authority. What language do they use to convey their expertise? What tone do they use to emphasize important information?
Read more about ways you can develop your Leadership Presence from Jo Miller’s article, The “Secret Sauce” Leaders Have and How You Can Get It, Too. EOD’s ULead program is also a great way to develop your leadership skills. Can’t attend this spring? Check back with ULead for announcements on the fall 2019 ULead program.
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