4 Tips to Improve your Leadership Presence
Leadership presence isn’t just about know how to speak effectively to a group of audience. It is more about your personality. Yes, your personality! This post is not about how you show your leadership qualities in an organization or perhaps among your peers. It is about how you as a leader is seen by people around you.
As a leader and/or a potential leader, you are constantly being evaluated on how well you display confidence, composure, credibility, connection, and charisma. Has anyone ever stopped you on the way and comment on your personality? If no, well there are two aspects to it. Either you don’t possess these traits listed below, or the environment you are isn’t very much promising. Whatever the reason, you have to work on it.
Here are four of the most powerful ways to improve your leadership presence:
Positive mental attitude
Positive mental attitude is a concept first developed and introduced in 1937 by Napoleon Hill in this book Think and Grow Rich. He characterized positive mental attitude with such words as faith, integrity, hope, optimism, courage, initiative, generosity, tolerance, tactfulness, kindness and good common sense. With a great positive attitude—which includes the above listed points, you’ll strengthen your leadership and be more effective in understanding and relating to others.
Be an attentive listener
Good listening is a core skill for leaders. It builds trust, honesty, and mutual respect. Active listening involves listening with all senses. You have to avoid interruptions that cause you to lose concentration or split your attention. Listen to understand and learn. Let people sense your interest and that you care. Listening, in a way, is a sign of respect.
When was the last time you visited someone in their place of work or checked into a hotel? Recall how the secretary or the receptionist addressed you? I can guess the way you dressed was how he/she related to you. Think of it this way. What’s the first thing you always notice whenever you are in a new environment? You take immediate
attention on the interior decor and the beauty of the design. Your appearance speaks volume of your personality and the impression people have about you.
Don’t compare yourself to others. Ignore how people perceive you. You do not have to please anyone. Surround yourself with positive people. Learn the difference between intimidating, sarcastic, or conniving comments and well-intended constructive criticism. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe shine through.