Presence: What Actors Have that Leaders Need

Leadership Presence Book Excerpt

Certain people have something about them that attracts your attention almost effortlessly. When they enter the room, the energy level rises. You perk up, stop what you’re doing, and focus on them.

Great actors have it. Great political leaders have it too, as do great business executives. Your local pizza guy, your doctor, and even your daughter’s piano teacher may have it, too.

They have presence.

In this excerpt from their book, “Leadership Presence: Dramatic Techniques to Reach Out, Motivate, and Inspire,” Belle Linda Halpern and Kathy Lubar, co-founders of Ariel, explore:

  • What presence is and what it isn’t
  • The elements of presence
  • The benefits of leadership presence
  • Lessons leaders can adapt from the theater to tap into and develop their own authentic presence

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