5 Easy Ways to Help People See You As a Leader
It seems like some people are just born leaders, with a hard-to-define leadership presence that makes others want to follow. We know it when we see it.
According to Carol Kinsey Goman writing for Forbes, leadership presence is something that one can develop. It’s about the way people perceive someone who exhibits confidence, composure, credibility, connection, and charisma. She offers five very simple things you can do to increase your leadership presence:
1. Prime your brain to power up your confidence: Confidence is probably the most important thing a leader exudes. Think about a time you held power over someone or performed a task really well, in order to spend a few moments with that positive, powerful feeling. Let your body language help project confidence, too, by standing up straight, head up, and shoulders back.
2. Tell yourself, “What’s on their face is not about me”: It’s far too easy to psyche yourself out by assuming someone’s sour expression reflects an opinion about you. Stay cool by remembering it’s probably not, and that they have their own lives to deal with.
3. Increase credibility with “because”: This word has magic in it. Maybe it’s because it communicates reasonability and respect for the listener as being deserving of an explanation.
4. Connect more effectively by shifting your focus: There’s no capital you can acquire that’s more powerful than strong interpersonal relationships. As you converse, set your own goals aside for a moment and try to think of something you can do for the other person.
5. Boost your charisma with body language: Charisma relates to warmth, so use body language to help communicate it. Smile, use friendly eye contact, and keep your arms and legs in non-defensive positions. Think about mirroring others’ movements to subtly impart connection, and face people when they’re talking to you because getting your undivided attention makes the other person feel like he or she is important to you.