What it is — What it is not — and How to Develop “It”
Possibly, the most challenging is statement a leader hears is from their boss, stakeholder or board member is “You need to work on your executive presence”. Unfortunately, this statement is elusive - leaders are left guessing what exactly needs improvement and/or creating their own conclusions.
Perhaps their boss isn’t sure how to articulate what they need to do in order to improve. Defining just what “IT” is can be like trying to nail Jell-O to the wall. Often people will say, “you just know when someone has it….” or “that person really has presence – they must be born with it….”.
Building Your Leadership Legacy
Most leaders don’t think about their leadership legacy. They think a legacy is something for older people or something you leave when you die. A Legacy, however, is something more. A true Legacy is a living thing that is a gift to both the giver and recipient and as it is passed on, it adds to the leader’s reputation. It is possible a legacy is not “formally” recognized until after a person retires; however, just as a person begins building their financial legacy from the day the begin their career, so a leader begins building thier leadership legacy the day you begin leading. This means leaders who desire a meaningful legacy need to be proactive.
Leading for Results
"Man cannot live on bread alone, he must have peanut butter (James A. Garfield)!" Similarly leadership does not stand alone, it must get results, and that means achieving well formulated goals. By definition, a destination is inherent and you MUST know where your are going or, as oft quoted Yogi says, "If you don't know where you're going, any path will get you there."