The excecutive Presence
Your personality plays the primary role when leading. The better you know yourself, the better you lead yourself, your team, your corporation.
As a leader, you regularly address an audience, direct a team, talk to a stakeholder or a client. Unconsciously your listener’s attention focuses seventy percent on the sound and resonance of the speaker’s voice and the condition of the body and thirty percent on the content.
Regardless of what is said, voice and body reveal the most important leadership qualities. Within seconds, listeners recognize, if their leader is grounded, upright and concentrated, meaning solid as a rock in the wild sea. In the way you move, in your gestures, they can read if you are well oriented and decisive. In the overall appearance of your personality they can sense if your are self-aware and honest and if they can trust you. And last but not least the power of your message depends on your charismatic presence.
How to find solutions - Know why versus know how
The complexity of the business world is steadily increasing. Instead of skipping to answers, future leaders have the courage to ask a question first. Once a question is well-formulated, the team is empowered to find an adequate solution. Leading with questions becomes the essential part of their leadership repertoire.