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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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Executive Presence in the Extremes

Since then, I have met a number of leaders whose presence seemed to intimidate rather than encourage interaction. In most cases, I found these people to be caring and concerned. However, their too powerful presence limited their effectiveness. I have encountered others I would assess as too flexible or too concerned with making connections. They […]

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Leadership, Presence and Intimidation

One day, as principal of a relatively large high school in Florida, I welcomed two FBI agents into my office—crisply starched shirts, conservative striped ties, and short haircuts. I believe they also carried guns. After being seated, they told me that the father of one of our graduating seniors was on the FBI’s wanted list. […]

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Physical Presence That Connects

Leaders attract followers through emotional connection, trust and positive interaction. These connections promote a productive atmosphere where individuals and teams flourish. Although more powerful physical presence is associated with strong leadership, effective leaders understand the importance of making strong emotional connections, and they understand that different situations call for different physical presence. What makes up [...]
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When Leadership Presence Changed the Future

Leadership authorities often write about the importance of presence. Some describe presence as radiating authority or demonstrating strength or power. Others focus on aspects of mindfulness and remaining focused on people, place and time. I rarely see discussion of leadership presence that describes how a leader assumes that presence or what one must do to generate […]

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