Harnessing the Power of Influence: A Game-Changer in Life and BusinessJan 10, 2024
What do all level-10 leaders have in common? Presence.
More specifically, Executive Presence.
Cultivating executive presence isn't about creating an impressive show or facade. It's about developing genuine leadership traits that inspire confidence and respect from others.
How to cultivate your executive presence:
1. Communication: Being aware of how you speak and listen in a way that builds trust and deepens connection is a super-skill for leaders. This includes not only verbal communication but also non-verbal cues and active listening skills.
What it looks like in action: Being clear, concise, and articulate in your interactions with others so that you project confidence and authority.
2. Composure: Keeping your cool, especially when the s### hits the fan.
What it looks like in action: Being composed no matter the external situation. When you are able to stay aligned with peace in the chaos you become an anchor of safety for those around you.
3. Vision: Leaders with executive presence have a clear vision for the future.
What it looks like in action: Being able to articulate your vision in a way that inspires and motivates individuals and teams to co-create towards common and individual goals.
However, cultivating executive presence isn't a one-size-fits-all approach. Different leaders will have different strengths and areas for improvement. To develop an impactful executive presence, leaders should focus on these five key traits:
Empathy: Understanding and sharing the feelings of others is a powerful leadership skill. It builds trust, fosters open communication, and promotes a positive work environment.
Accountability: Taking responsibility for your actions, and those of your team, aka extreme ownership (thank you Jocko Willink). This demonstrates integrity and earns respect from your team and peers.
Decisiveness: Being able to make informed decisions quickly and stand by them. Decisiveness shows confidence and the ability to take risks when necessary.
Authenticity: Being genuine and true to your values is essential. Authentic leaders inspire loyalty and foster an environment where everyone feels valued and heard.
Selflessness: It is a characteristic of leaders who are focused on the needs and best interests of their team members, rather than solely on their own interests.
My friend, executive presence isn't about putting on a show; it's about being a leader who inspires confidence, trust, and respect. By focusing on the development of these key traits, you can cultivate a strong executive presence and this is what inspires people to follow you.