Leadership, Confidence, Presence
The aim of leadership development is to create what I call a “confident public self.” Having a confident public self is the key to presence. With presence, you can:
- walk into a room, confident that you have a right to be there and a contribution to make there.
- take the first risk: start the dialogue.
- nourish the ideas of others, even the ideas you disagree with.
- use silence to create an echo chamber for resonant thinking.
- persuade others not only to think along with you, but also to feel along with you.
- bring people into closer alignment with each other by bringing them into closer alignment with you.
The communicator who has this kind of presence is a leader. Communication is leadership.