An excerpt from an SAP Business Innovations blog by Dana Theus


Does someone with leadership presence always make a good leader? Can someone without presence lead effectively?


Many career gurus will say leadership presence is essential to becoming a good, and ladder-climbing leader. In my experience, however, many good leaders get ahead with only a mild ability to be noticed when they enter the room, depending on the company’s leadership culture. In addition, research shows that confidence and presence often help you get ahead even if you don’t deserve it. Leaders who get ahead on confidence alone flame out and fall prey to the Peter Principle before they get to the top.


Leaders who get ahead on confidence alone flame out.


Bottom Line: There’s more to being a good leader than just confidence and presence.


That said, when presence and confidence are added to talent and skill, they can absolutely grease the wheels of your upward career trajectory.


How do you get leadership presence…

Here’s the short answer:

  • Confidence and presence come from a place of authentic strength of conviction and knowing what you believe about a situation, absent the confusing veil of self-doubt.
  • It comes from a place where failure and uncertainty are comfortable companions to success and clarity.
  • It comes from knowing why you’re doing the thing you’re asking others to do.
  • It comes from a place of purpose and willingness to be disagreed with, where you’re willing to change your own approach with grace and without shame, in pursuit of that higher goal.


How can you walk with presence?


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