Leading with Presence

Quote of the Week

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”
~ Norman Vincent Peale

Leading with Presence

by John Baldoni

  • Give people a reason to believe in you.
  • Radiate confidence as well as optimism.
  • Exude calmness in the face of adversity.
  • Demonstrate passion and commitment for the work.
  • Show appreciation for the work of others.
  • Teach others by setting the example for emerging leaders to follow (Baldoni, p. 205).

From: Baldoni, John (2010).  Lead Your Boss: The Subtle Art of Managing Up.  New York:  AMACOM

Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, (614) 292-3114, http://leadershipcenter.osu.edu.

Coaching Call to Action

As you think about leadership presence it’s helpful to have a picture in your mind of what it looks like. Identify who in your life – friends, family, colleagues, politicians, or people in the news – exhibit leadership presence. This week take a good look at these people. What is it about them that brings their presence forward? What in their style makes it clear they are a leader? Do their actions resonate for you and would they fit for you? If yes, start practicing them. If no, what could you start doing that will bring your presence to the next level?