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.