“Personal Presence may be difficult to define, but we all know it when we see it. Someone walks into the room and people step aside. Heads turn. Conversation opens up to include them. When they speak, people applaud or chime in. When they ask, people answer. When they lead, people follow. When they leave, things wind down.”
Do you regularly allocate quality time and focused energy in life-long pursuit of ever-improving Personal Presence? If you don’t, I suggest you should. And it is never too late to start. Virtually nothing will contribute more to your personal, professional and organizational leadership and success than improving your Personal Presence.
In her recent book titled Creating Personal Presence: Look, Talk, Think, and Act Like a Leader, Dianna Booher follows the paragraph above with these words:
“People with presence look confident and comfortable, speak clearly and persuasively, think clearly even under pressure. They act with intention. People with presence reflect on their emotions, attitudes, and situations and then adapt. They except responsibility for themselves and the results they achieve. People with presence are real. They present their genuine character authentically. What they say and do matches who they are.”
These two paragraphs from Creating Personal Presence provide an excellent description of highly effective and successful leaders in action. The paragraphs also provide a superb description of a leadership reality all leaders should pursue.
Creating Personal Presence: Look, Talk, Think and Act Like a Leader is available wherever best selling books are sold. The book is an excellent resource for any and all leaders who wish to improve their impact and results.
Copyright © 2012 by Dan Nielsen
Founder, National Institute for Healthcare Leadership www.nihcl.com
Founder, America’s Healthcare Leaders www.americashealthcareleaders.com