Leading with presence provides a practical guide as to how and why ‘presence’ in everyday interaction is a vital component of impactful leadership. This book explores and teaches about non-verbal communication such as posture, gestures, and the voice to create more awareness and understanding of the signals sent, and explains how to be present and 'in the moment’, how to connect with others, to 'read the room’, to motivate and inspire, to instil trust, to exude confidence and thus strengthen the effect of leadership.
Ultimately, the book is for anyone who communicates and who wants to have influence, not only business leaders. Effective co-ordination and influencing people into action can be greatly strengthened by how someone positions and presents themselves.
Online presence is covered too; how to lead in a virtual environment when you have less tools (such as body language) available to you? How do you still come across with confidence and convey your message in an effective way? The book addresses these virtual aspects too, so that professionals can even strengthen their presence in a challenging virtual environment.
Presence in practice
Working on presence is especially helpful for those who manage or lead others. However, presence work can be applied to – and help with – any communication, whether it’s with a client, customer, stakeholder or colleague, and in private life as well. For leadership, working on presence can greatly enhance a leader’s ability for self-leadership and thus to effectively lead others too.
There are exercises in the book that help to learn more about the body-mind connection, which have a direct link to workplace situations, and have immediate positive effects on the reader’s presence. The theory and exercises are also based on research findings.
Through theory, practical tools and exercises, business professionals can learn the science behind body language, and explore, practise and understand leadership presence. “This is a valuable guide for anyone who seeks to ensure that their body and voice contribute to their positive impact. This collaboration has resulted in a treasure trove of principles, stories and exercises underpinned by thorough scientific evidence that will make people think about and enhance their non-verbal cues in a whole new way,” says Prof. Nicola Kleyn, Dean of RSM Executive Education.
Authors Prof. Steffen Giessner, Milly Obdeijn and Antonie Knoppers also teach about non-verbal communication skills, including body language and presenting with self-confidence in the two-day The Power of Presence course by RSM Executive Education. The next runs of this programme will take place on 19-20 May 2021 and 28-29 October 2021.