Improving Your Leadership Presence

How do others experience your leadership? It’s a question that leads to discussion with many of the people I coach. No matter the stellar quality of your leadership, you never stop learning about your leadership. It is constantly unfolding and revealing new insights into who you are and how you motivate and inspire others. Great leaders know their leadership is always a work in progress.

The question about how others experience your leadership should not be rhetorical. How you show up as a leader holds many of the answers to how others experience your leadership. Anese Cavanaugh distinguishes the act of showing up not as physically showing up, but how present you are to yourself and to others. Think through the many people you know or the stories you’ve heard of others who make us feel like we are the most important people in the room. Bill Clinton has the ability to capture a room’s attention and make it seem like he’s talking directly with you. This is what it is to be present. It’s connection fueled by purpose.

Cavanaugh is the creator of Intentional Energetic Presence (IEP). It’s a mindset. It’s a way of being. It’s awareness. It’s not some metaphysical, new age-y mystical belief about leadership. It’s about intentionally showing up and being present as a leader. In the distractions of a day, a week, a month, a year it’s easy for us to not intentionally show up and be present for ourselves and for those whom we lead. In this episode of Work That Matters Anese Cavanaugh and I explore what this means to leaders today, and why it’s so important to know how others experience your leadership and how you show up for yourself and others.

Quotes from Anese

  • “We seem to be wearing ‘busy’ as a badge of honor.”
  • “Am I showing up in a way that makes people feel really good?”
  • “The path to inspiration is through purpose.”
  • “The better we take care of ourselves the clearer we are to know what we need to do.”
  • “If you’re having a moment of low inspiration . . . drill into what’s your why.”

Go Deeper with Anese’s Work

Anese has offered for all Work That Matter listeners and Switch & Shift readers 20% off her next workshop. Simply go here to register. At checkout enter the registration code IMPACT.

I’m attending the two-day session. I hope to meet you there.

You can also download great tools to help you improve your leadership presence. Check out the upper-right corner of Anese’s home page. You can also get a free IEP Quick Start Guide.

Connect with Anese

Twitter: @AneseCavanaugh

Facebook: IEP Method

YouTube: Anese Cavanaugh

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Change Leader | Speaker | Writer Co-founder and CEO of Switch and Shift. Passionately explores the space where business & humanity intersect. Promoter of workplace optimism. Believes work can be a source of joy. Top ranked leadership blogger by Huffington Post. The Optimistic Workplace (AMACOM) out 2015

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