Developing Leadership Presence Takeaways

More than 50 AMA members and guests started their morning yesterday with a reminder that leadership begins within and titles really don’t matter. In case you missed it, here are a few takeaways:

  1. First, why are good leaders necessary? According to presenter Lee Bouche, poor relationships, especially with supervisors, are the main reason people leave their jobs. And having a friend – a good relationship – at work is the primary factor people list as what makes them happiest in their jobs. Leadership is about relationships.
  2. To become a good leader, start on the inside. Who pops into your head when you think of a great leader? Why? Know this to know what to emulate, and start by being that person on the inside in order to be that person on the outside.
  3. Be intentional. This translates to the workplace too. Intentional leadership starts with an intentional culture. Do you know your individual/company’s/organization’s preferred culture? What are yo doing to live it?
  4. The top characteristics of admired leaders: honesty, forward-looking, inspiring, competent. To begin to live these characteristics, we ask ourselves:
    1. How do you build trust? Start by DWYSYWD (Doing what you say you will do.) Actions speak louder than words.
    2. How do you reinforce purpose? Start by asking why? The stronger the why, the more successful the what.
    3. How do you create passion? Start with genuine energy. Do you create more energy when you walk into a room or when you leave a room? Do you empower others or seek power?
    4. How do you live respectfully? Start by nourishing others. Charisma has more to do with helping others feel good about themselves than helping you feel good about yourself.
  5. Leadership is about working with and through OTHERS. “Others” is the key.

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Book recommendations:

  • The Leadership Challenge by Barry Posner and Jame M. Kouzes
  • The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell

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