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    Some Essentials For Leadership Presence

    14 October 2020

    If you are a leader or an aspiring leader, you must know the struggle one has to go through while trying to inspire and motivate their team. Having an impact on other people is a tough job to do. But when you are a leader, you have the pressure of maintaining an image that will persuade your team to do the right thing. 

    If you are a leader who wants to encourage, it has to be shown in every aspect of your presence. Your physical appearance, your voice, your emotions, and your intellect, everything has to present your message. Leadership is an art that you can learn by practice and experience. A leader needs to learn to transform their impulses into insights. The more authentic their insights are, the more they will be able to act on them to fulfill their purposes of building strong relationships with the team. 

    Authenticity is the key to today’s leadership. If your actions and words seem scripted, the team will not trust you as a leader. But if you successfully present your genuine presence with sincerity, people will tend to trust you more. Here are a few essential principles that you can establish to have a strong and reliable leadership presence: 

    Show up as a whole person

    When you speak to people, they do not only listen to what message you are delivering, but they are also looking at your posture, your tone of voice, and what mood you are in. All these things form a mental image of you and your message to the listener’s mind.

    So, how do you represent your whole self to deliver your message? For this, you have to figure out the connection among your logic, your physical movement, your feelings, and work on these to improve the overall impact. It may be hard to do at first, with time, you will be able to be in control of all the elements of your body and soul. It will take time, but eventually, you will reach the level of relationship and trust you want to achieve from your team.

    Lead with what you care about

    It is hard to keep people’s attention when you are talking about the same things over and over again. So, start the conversation with what is most important to you, what you are trying to accomplish, and what the listeners care about. Figure out where your concern lies and how much time you are willing to invest in making others understand it as you do.

    Begin a conversation that others want to continue

    The key point of good leadership is having a good relationship. It increases team engagement and trust. Work with the team as its part rather than perceiving yourself as a lone leader. Grab every opportunity to engage with your team. Know your team members, learn what they care about the most. Start speeches with conversation instead of just reading scripts. Make your speeches concise and listen to what others have to say. It will provide an excellent impression. 

    Focus through your body

    Your physical self has a lot of impact on your presence as a leader. Being comfortable with your own body always works as an advantage if you want to be perceived as a leader. A strong physical presence generates feelings of confidence. It supports your conviction and authority.

    Having a positive relationship with your body will make your team trust in your authority and they will respond to you with engagement. Syncing your body with your mind and intellect is not an easy task. You have to figure out how you want to do it and exercise a lot. Self-acceptance and more practice will take you to your goal of creating a positive body image. 

    Cultivate sustainable curiosity

    Some people believe leaders are the only ones to come up with new and good ideas to operate the team efficiently. They try to shut themselves off from listening to other people’s ideas to avoid destruction. But what they don’t know is that being open to listening to others and cultivating sustainable curiosity can make the world cite them as a leader with a strong presence. 

    Curiosity is an inborn element that exists in all human beings. Most of the people who are truly competitive learn to tap into sustainable curiosity. They search for new and unexpected things. They like to listen more than they like to talk to themselves. This curiosity provokes interest among others and they are more likely to follow their leaders in their hunt for knowledge. 

    One can show sustainable curiosity and the lack of it in their behavior. The presence of sustainable curiosity in your behavior will make the team more interested in the discussion, and the lack of it will make them lose interest. If you are not someone with a naturally curious mind, try to remember what made you curious in the past. Identify what was the situation and try to bring the same attitude in your current work. 

    Start by standing still

    It is natural to feel nervous while giving a speech standing in front of a whole crowd of audience. You may feel compelled to start the speech right away. But this will not attract the attention of the audience. There is a chance they will miss the most important messages from your speech. Standing still is a technique that you can use to present yourself more naturally in front of the audience. 

    Keep a short interval between the time you reach the stage and start speaking. Stand still and count to five. It seems easy, right? It can be a little more complicated than that. This little time may feel like an eternity at first, but it will do wonders. This standing still will make the audience more curious about what you are about to say, and you will have the attention of the entire audience. Now that you have everyone’s attention, take a deep breath and start speaking. You will find that you have all your focus on the ideas that you are presenting. You will no longer feel exposed to your audience and won’t feel the need to pace on the stage. 

    Find the story in everything

    Never underestimate the power of stories. They create a connection between leaders and listeners that any data and statistics cannot. Compelling narratives provide a structure to the point that you want to discuss, making it concrete, specific, and relevant. Start your speech with a story. Make your data relevant to it. It does not matter if your story is literary, or from a movie script, or if it has conflicting characters. Simply having a sequence to what you want to present to the listeners will have a meaningful impact. 

    Use easy, natural language while telling the story. The simple language that you use while speaking to family and friends. Use jargon, especially the ones that are frequently used by leaders. Say things that will make everyone curious to hear what happens next. You will have the attention of the entire team.

    If you have the goal to be an authentic leader, the first thing you need to do is improve your people skills. This is why all the above-mentioned principles are related to having good people skills. Leadership is something you can practice and improve. So, work on it and your team will have a great leader to lead them towards success.