12 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Leadership Presence

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 05-08-2013

12 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Leadership Presence

Develop Presence Within  Access what organizational values feel authentic to you—values you can communicate to others with a lasting impact.

12 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Leadership Presence

12 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Leadership Presence

Think in Terms of “We”  "We" isn't just a matter of dropping "I" references when you speak. It means you're speaking for the overall company, not just IT.

12 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Leadership Presence

12 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Leadership Presence

Elevate Your Meeting Profile  Arrive five minutes early and be fully prepared. Don't appear frazzled or in a rush to leave the meeting.

12 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Leadership Presence

12 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Leadership Presence

Ask Insightful Questions  These types of questions demonstrate your inquisitive intelligence, as opposed to inquiries that make you appear uninformed or, worse, lost.

12 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Leadership Presence

12 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Leadership Presence

Know Your Team  Convey compassion by listening closely and empathetically when members describe their challenges, passions and personal lives.

12 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Leadership Presence

12 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Leadership Presence

Direct Action, but Don't Bark Orders  A leader inspires commitment by knowing how to set standards and designate action steps without coming across as a petty boss or arrogant tyrant.

12 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Leadership Presence

12 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Leadership Presence

Be Flexible Within Reason  Willingness to change course is a commendable quality of agile management, but don't be quick to cave in or act indecisively.

12 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Leadership Presence

12 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Leadership Presence

Stand Tall  Whether standing or sitting, don't slouch. Remain erect and centered.

12 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Leadership Presence

12 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Leadership Presence

Focus Straight Ahead  Hold eye contact with colleagues. Don't fidget or make nervous gestures during conversations.

12 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Leadership Presence

12 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Leadership Presence

Edit Your Speech  Whether you’re giving a public presentation or having a private chat, lose the "umms," "ahhs" and other space eaters.

12 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Leadership Presence

12 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Leadership Presence

Look Sharp  Pay attention to personal grooming. Wear appropriate attire for various occasions.

12 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Leadership Presence

12 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Leadership Presence

Never Get Rattled  Don't let emotions get the best of you under duress. Good leaders stay strong and composed when the heat is on.

12 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Leadership Presence