On the road to leadership, how do you show up?
I was beginning a new leadership role with a multinational company in Asia when a wise friend pointed out, "All eyes will be on your every move and how you lead will determine the stories employees will develop by observing you." I listened, but didn't act, resulting in a lesson in the impact of a leader’s presence. Leadership can be lonely if you don't engage with a truly authentic approach and consider how you are "showing up" to others.
As careers flourish, new roles present opportunity for learning and growth. Both individual contributors and leaders, experience a smoother career journey when they realize the impact of their presence. You may think, "Getting the work delivered is priority", “Why would my presence impact performance of others?" or "I'm only an individual contributor, others don't look toward me to act like a leader". If this you, it's time to challenge your thinking!
First and foremost, recognize you are leading and require leadership skills, whether in a professional or personal capacity. Awareness of how others perceive your leadership can greatly shape performance, collaborative spirit and ability to innovate.
Here are 4 skills that can make or break your executive presence.
Cultivating your executive presence as you progress your career into increasingly more complex leadership roles is an important skill to hone. Begin with awareness of who you are and how you are showing up even when you don't think anyone is noticing. Executive presence isn't a one-off skill to master, it's a way of being present, vulnerable and open in leadership.
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