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Leadership is Also About Lightness

Leadership is serious business. Leaders take care of weighty issues and solve important problems. They want people to recognize the significance of their causes. Their missions and strategic objectives are posted on their walls and seared into their brains.  I am not in the least minimizing the need for mission statements and worthy goals. In […]

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Powerful Presence: Resolution

Knowing how to align your physical body with your words and emotions in different situations helps you as a leader to navigate the roles you assume every day. Some situations call for openness to connection. Others call for lightness, nurturing or control. The second position of power and influence I will discuss in this series is […]

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How to Show Powerful Leadership Presence

Phil was frantic. He was a manager in a mid-sized bank, and a recent meeting with his director was very unsettling.  Phil recognized that employees in his department sometimes seemed to ignore his comments, and the quality of their work continued to decline. However, he was not prepared for this meeting in which he learned that unless he […]

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Strong Leaders Also Nurture

Leaders are usually judged by how many followers they have. If you follow Twitter or Facebook pages, the number of followers is often used as an indicator of success. However, an important goal of leadership is to create more leaders and to nurture and provide support of those who are inclined to follow. Nalph Nader […]

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Why Mindfulness Matters

Why Mindfulness Matters: Executive Presence

Do you ever observe people who “have it all together” and wonder how they do it? Most likely, they are fully centered. Living in the present—being centered. Possibly the single most important component of leadership presence is mindfulness or being centered, which opens the door to emotional connection with oneself and others. Mindfulness allows you to focus […]

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Leadership Presence that Promotes Interaction

Do you know how to generate enthusiasm and creativity in other people? Let’s start with a story. A young woman I will call Sharon stood in front of the carefully-selected team she assembled for her new project and explained in some detail what she wanted the team to accomplish. She knew collaboration was important, and she promised […]

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