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Leadership Presence

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players,
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts.
-William Shakespeare, As You Like It

Shah Rukh Khan has it. Barack Obama has it. So does Narayana Murthy. But it is not limited to people in the public eye or the famous only. We have seen some doctors who have this and many teachers too.

This elusive “something” that a few people have makes them come across as compelling individuals who attract attention almost effortlessly. They have something that pulls others to them effortlessly. When they enter the room, it is as if the energy level increases. People stop doing what they are doing and focus on them. It’s as though a spotlight shines on them. This elusive “something” is variously called as “Presence”, “Power Presence” or “Executive Presence”. A few others (including us) like to term it as “Leadership Presence.”

But here is the interesting thing. Many of us as Leaders, do not seek to be the center of attention at all times. In his seminal book, “From Good to Great”, Jim Collins for example contrasts the turnaround successes of outwardly humble, even shy, executives like Gillette’s Colman M. Mockler and Kimberly-Clark’s Darwin E. Smith with those of larger-than-life business leaders like Dunlap and Iacocca, who courted personal celebrity.

Hence “commanding attention” is only one outcome of having Leadership Presence, not its essence or even its most valuable outcome. Having worked with hundreds of Leaders in the course of our work, we see Leadership Presence as being something much deeper. We liked this definition that we read somewhere, that Leadership Presence is the ability to connect authentically with the thoughts and feelings of others.

Through an immersive workshop experience that involves a mixture of introspection, discussion, debate, sharing of experiences, stories from around the world, experiential activities, learning from the fields of Theatre & Workshop Facilitation, FOCUS Adventure brings to life this powerful paradigm - to make a difference to all participants who embark on this enthralling journey.

The key outcomes that the workshop targets to achieve are that:
1) Leadership Presence is a learnable skill
2) It is not just about “charisma” – it is a much more deeper and authentic quality
3) You can be a much more effective Leader, if you invest time and effort in this endeavor

If you are looking at enhancing the Leadership quotient in your team - FOCUS Adventure invites you to explore The Leadership Presence workshop!

Contact Us today - we will be glad to meet up and discuss the possibilities for your team!

  • "A fantastic experience. The way, it went was amazing and I was able to correlate many things on what I am doing right and also I was able to re-align on what I should be doing to stay in line with 'reality' :). In fact, I have already suggested to many others to make this training as a “must attend” training irrespective of their title group. Whether it was the trainer or the content I am not really sure. But I would say, I thoroughly enjoyed it and liked it - without any second thoughts!

    Great job done by the FOCUS Facilitators – I would be eager to attend few more sessions if done by them on similar or other interesting training topics."
    Shivakumar Sounder Raj
    Senior Executive - CGI
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