What is Leadership Presence?

Leadership presence is the ability to connect authentically, build confidence in others, and inspire and motivate people into action. It can also be called having gravitas.

Leadership presence is made up of several facets – it is the ability to take command of a room, assume a leadership role amongst various audiences, share your thinking and opinion with confidence, and strike a balance between talking and listening such that your communication style is both persuasive and impactful.

What are the behaviours that enhance our gravitas as leaders?

  • Perceived confidence through words
  • Perceived confidence through body language
  • Ability to ask clear, meaningful questions
  • Ability to craft and defend a clear point of view
  • Being able to hold steady and participate effectively in debate
  • Being able to stand one’s ground
  • Expressed passion
  • Asking questions at the right “level”

How does a leader expand their presence?

  • Show up as a whole person
  • Lead with what we care about
  • Begin a conversation that others want to continue
  • Focus through your body
  • Cultivate sustainable curiosity
  • Start by standing still
  • Find the story in everything
  • Hold something back
  • Investigate your impact
  • Build our “muscle memory”

Why is Leadership Presence important to leaders?

“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.”

Sheryl Sandberg

Key Questions to Reflect on as Leader

  • How do I show up in a room?
  • How do I own the space?
  • How do I engage, inspire and motivate my audience?
  • What is my impact on others?
  • How is my presence felt by my team, when I leave the room?

Articles

Forbes

14 Ways To Develop A Stronger Leadership Presence

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Forbes

5 Ways To Instantly Increase Your Leadership Presence

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Her New Standards

How to improve your leadership presence

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Indeed

8 Tips for Developing Your Leadership Presence

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Strategy Business

10 principles for leadership presence

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Training Industry

The 5 Cs of Leadership Presence

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Books

Amy Cuddy

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges

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Lois P Frankel

Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office: Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers

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Carol Kinsey Goman

Stand Out: How to Build Your Leadership Presence

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Caroline Goyder

Find Your Voice: The Secret to Talking with Confidence in Any Situation

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Caroline Goyder

Gravitas: Communicate with Confidence, Influence and Authority

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Viv Groskop

How to Own the Room: Women and the Art of Brilliant Speaking

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Belle Linda Halpern and Kathy Lubar

Leadership Presence: Dramatic Techniques to Reach Out, Motivate, and Inspire

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Harvard Business Review

Leadership Presence (HBR Emotional Intelligence Series)

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Shitte Kakkar Mehra

Executive Presence: The POISE Formula for Leadership

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Justin Patton

Leadership Presence: How to Show Up, Stand Out, & Shake Up The World

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James Scouller

The Three Levels of Leadership: How to Develop Your Leadership Presence, Knowhow and Skill

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Ora Shtull

The Glass Elevator: A Guide to Leadership Presence for Women on the Rise

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Amy Jen Su and Muriel Maignan Wilkins

Own the Room: Discover Your Signature Voice to Master Your Leadership Presence

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Listen

Coaching for Leaders - Enhance Your Executive Presence

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Her Executive Presence

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Jan Griffiths - Finding Gravitas

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Kellogg Insight - Executive Presence: Do You Have It?

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Leadership Presence: Who are you as a female leader? - Kris Plachy

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The Look and Sound of Leadership - Executive Presence: Three Pillars

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TED Talks

Caroline Goyder

Gravitas

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Shital Kakkar Mehra

Executive Presence for Women Leaders

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Laura Sicola

Want to sound like a leader? Start by saying your name right

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Google

Executive Presence

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Harvard Business Review

Improve Your Leadership Presence

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The Insightful Leader

Do You Have Executive Presence?

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The Leadership Mastery Suite

Leadership Presence: Part 1 – What is presence?

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What People Say

If you are looking to work with someone who has an infectious passion for making positive change happen, you will love working with Hannah. She has a wealth of experience at a senior leadership level and is hugely committed to the diversity agenda. I have benefitted personally from Hannah’s wisdom and guidance on these issues on a number of occasions.

Andy Buck

Founding DirectorLeadership Matters

When it comes to authentic and courageous leadership, Hannah is unbeatable. Her value-driven approach allows her to be precise and focused whilst taking an empathic approach. One of the leadership traits I admire the most in Hannah is her commitment to asking the difficult questions that others avoid, and this has been evident in her work encouraging Diverse Leaders. She is fearless and highly skilled at driving change, even in complex situations. Hannah is a catalyst and can cause a mindset shift in one conversation. Her leadership creates leaders.

Jaz Ampaw-Farr

Author & Speaker

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