I received this question on my YouTube channel in response to the video, “What is Presence?“: What one thing do you think would help leaders with presence? I couldn’t answer it fully on YouTube as I was limited to 500 characters, so here’s my full answer…
“It depends what you mean by presence. Do you mean real presence or what looks like presence?
What I mean by “presence” is something no one can fake. It’s the real you, embodied, in action. But “charisma”, as I explain in the second video in the series, “Presence versus Charisma“, is different. I use the term charisma to mean faked presence. Charisma can mimic presence, but it’s usually found out either because of the charismatic person’s negative effect on others or because he/she crumbles under pressure.
I’ll assume you mean real presence. Now your question was, “What one thing do you think would help leaders with presence?” Continue reading →
I wrote an article elsewhere about the 4 keys to becoming the best leader you can be. You could say it’s a high-level summary of my leadership book, The Three Levels of Leadership. It’s too long to fit in this blog, but the 4 keys are:
(1) Have a clear practical definition of leadership (many of us have a fuzzy, unhelpful view of it).
(2) Know the purpose of a leader (because “leader” and “leadership” aren’t the same thing). Continue reading →