Pick and choose times to make statements about what your department will do, and then do them.
Steve Jobs had it. Bill Gates has it. What is it? Charisma. That intangible quality that makes people take notice. And the greater your personal presence in the workplace, the greater the impact you'll have. As mysterious as this quality remains, it's commonly boosted by your communications style, appearance, relationship skills, overall performance and other factors. Two recent books explore the charisma question and offer advice on how you can harness the power of presence to be a more commanding leader: "The Power of Presence: Unlock Your Potential to Influence and Engage Others" (Amacom/available now) by Kristi Hedges, and "Creating Personal Presence: Look, Talk, Think, and Act Like a Leader" (Berrett-Koehler/available now), by Dianna Booher. Each focuses on pragmatic actions you can take to help make yourself a more powerful presence in your organization, and in life. Booher is founder of Booher Consultants, a communications firm. Hedges is communications consultant and leadership coach. For more about "Power of Presence", click here. For more about Creating Personal Presence, click here.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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