The Voice of Leadership
Six Keys to Presence, Influence, and Creative Confidence
Learning how to empower your authentic voice of leadership impacts your self-image and potential power to affect others positively and influence change. Whatever your situation, if you actively practice and consistently apply the ideas in this book, you will dramatically enhance your executive presence. Wherever you need to express yourself more intentionally, a strong voice of leadership will support you.
With sustained focus on the principles in this book, you
- elevate your personal brand increase your ability to own the room and to act with intent and purpose
- build your resilience and composure in challenging situations
- improve your ability to engage others with an authentic ‘voice of authority’
- build trust in your own ideas, creativity, and self-expression
- be better able to engage and inspire others to align with your vision or projects
- be better able to collaborate and resolve any interpersonal conflicts.
Stand Out from the Crowd
In an increasingly interconnected and overstimulated world, your voice of leadership will help you stand out from the crowd. You may currently be expressing yourself in ways that do not support your ability to engage, influence, and creatively collaborate with others due to fear, painful past experiences, or lack of awareness. Finding and expressing your voice of leadership is key to achieving success both personally and professionally.
This book is your toolkit of critical insights, powerful exercises, and new skills. It is designed to reveal your outmoded habits which no longer support you and to assist you in establishing new, positive, empowering habits which you can begin to implement right away.
Each of the voice of leadership keys is accompanied by real life examples and evidence-based, practical exercises to develop your executive presence, influence, and creative confidence. We will focus on developing your voice, vision, vitality, values, visibility, and veneration. (influential, respectful communication). When you are operating skilfully in each of these six areas, you will be well-prepared to have maximum impact and to make your greatest contribution in both your personal and professional life.
Key #1: Voice
When you hear your own voice now, what self-image does it affirm for you? This key will increase your awareness of what may be blocking your powerful voice and presence. It will also uplift your vocal confidence and speaking skills.
Key #2: Vision
How do you envision your personal brand and creative potential? This key will help you to shine the light on how you are currently perceived and how you would ideally like to be perceived by yourself and others. You’ll craft your voice of leadership vision and purpose statement.
Key #3: Values
By reflecting on what is of highest importance to you in your life and work, you will further strengthen your executive voice and presence.
You will also bolster your integrity, persistence, and character strength.
Key #4: Vitality
Vitality is the state of being strong, alive, and active. It includes attention to developing greater self-care, self-awareness, and a positive attitude of self-acceptance, self-respect, and self-compassion.
Key #5: Visibility
Visibility is the degree to which you are able to be noticed and seen. It is your ability to attract attention. You will learn the seven steps to powerful presence, the seven keys to crafting a persuasive presentation, and the five steps to creating an effective ‘elevator pitch’, a quick and effective way to introduce yourself. You will also reflect on other visibility tools such as social media and your executive appearance.
Key #6: Veneration
Veneration is a respectful attitude toward yourself and others. We will focus on the intrapersonal and interpersonal aspects of your voice of leadership. Learning to master both empathetic and assertive communication is critical to your success. In this key, you will also find behavioural type and emotional intelligence self-assessment tools.
Conclusion - Next Steps
How are you doing with each of these six keys? What are your strengths and greatest challenges and opportunities for