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Own the Room: Discover Your Signature Voice to Master Your Leadership Presence Hardcover – April 9, 2013
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The skills, drills and devices in the book are based on Isis Associates’ Signature Voice workshops. If you can’t take the workshop, the book offers a sound alternative.” SUCCESS Magazine
There are few, practical roadmaps to leadership that teach by example; Own the Room: Discover Your Signature Voice to Master Your Leadership Presence by Amy Jen Su and Muriel M Wilkins is definitely one of them.” CareerBright.com
The book is chock full of tables, quizzes and charts to help readers visualize and create action plans.” 800 CEO READ
This is a book that is as applicable to small business owners who sell to more corporate clients as well as to employees who are looking to move into leadership positions.” Small Business Trends (smallbiztrends.com)
ADVANCE PRAISE for Own the Room:
Jane Brock-Wilson, Managing Director, Berkshire Partners
Own the Room is a must-read for all emerging and experienced leaders who aspire to authentically connect with others, forge relationships, and increase their influence. The authors have provided a practical roadmap and toolkit for building leadership presence from the inside out.”
Mary Ellen Joyce, PhD, Senior Director, Brookings Executive Education
At last! For years Amy Jen Su and Muriel Maignan Wilkins have been helping leaders at Brookings Executive Education to transform their presence.’ This book brings their critically important leadership concepts and tools to a broad audience in terms that are clear, concise, and actionable.”
Suzanne Richards, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Freddie Mac
Amy Jen Su and Muriel Maignan Wilkins have finally given a descriptive voicea signature voiceto what has been a frustratingly elusive concept. This book provides step-by-step guidance and a fresh, workable approach to identifying and making the most of one’s authentic self.”
Joel von Ranson, Partner, Spencer Stuart
This is a unique and powerful book that explains the major components of leadership and effective business communication. What’s special about the authors’ approach is that it links professional success to accessing the unique formula in each of us . . . our signature voice.”
Bob Raidt, Executive Vice President and Worldwide Account Head, Leo Burnett USA
Own the Room demystifies the notion of executive leadership presence.’ Using a practical model and instructive case examples, the authors prove that developing presence doesn’t require becoming someone else; it’s a unique, signature voice that can be accessed from within.”
Tim Gray, CFO, MedImmune
I often think about my leadership presencewhere I stand today and how I want to be perceived in the future. Own the Room helped me develop a clear roadmap to reach a higher level. This book is a valuable resource for all leaders.”
Scott Burger, President, Pandora North America
Own the Room is a must-read for anyone transitioning into, or aspiring toward, an enterprise-wide leadership position. There is an undeniable link between self-awareness and leadership. The authors’ practical model and real-world examples provide an invaluable tool to transition self-awareness to self-improvement.”
About the Author
Muriel Maignan Wilkins is managing partner and cofounder of Isis Associates. Muriel is an executive coach, a strategy expert, and a frequent speaker on issues of leadership communication. She specializes in helping leaders develop in the areas of executive presence, role transitions, and relationship management. She has served senior-level clients across a number of industries including management consulting, private equity, biotech, and financial services. Muriel was recognized by the Washington Business Journal as one of the metro-DC area’s Top Minority Business Leaders.”
Top Customer Reviews
Instead, Su and Wilkins talk about the authenticity of knowing who you are as a person and leader. Evaluate your own tendencies and find the comfortable balance between first-person driver and compassionate bridge-builder. Balance is important but equally critical is that the balance fits your personal style; authenticity (or the lack thereof) shows its fit like the finest suit.
In this sense I view Su and Wilkins like great golf teachers. Instead of showing me a picture of a perfect swing and saying " swing like this" they ask me to evaluate my strengths and weaknesses and show me the path to success using the "swing" tendencies I already own. The longest lasting success is truly authentic; not based on some cookie cutter approach but rooted in our fundamental make-up.
This book has made me a better leader. Not by telling me how to lead but by making me think about how I need to lead.
Myth #1: You Are Who You Are. "This is probably the most pernicious myth out there: presence is something you either have or don't." In fact, [begin italics] anyone [end italics] can develop leadership presence.
Myth#2: One Size Fits All. "This myth is the opposite of the first, but just as pernicious. Instead of resigning themselves to be who they are and giving up on the prospect of change, leaders try to alter their presence to emulate someone else." In fact, as Wilde suggests, each person should develop a leadership presence that is [begin italics] uniquely theirs [end italics].
Myth #3: "If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It" In fact, "an effective presence is dynamic...Being conscious of who you are and where you are in your career and in your organization's pipeline is paramount to ensuring you adapt your presence accordingly." This is how Marshall Goldsmith would explain it: "What got you here won't get you there." Continuous improvement and, especially nourishment of leadership presence, is imperative.
With regard to developing a Signature Voice, it is important to keep in mind that more than 80% of the impact of each "message" we send to others is non-verbal. That is, the power of a Signature Voice will be determined by tone and body language.Read more ›
Own the Room: Discover your Signature Voice to Master your Leadership Presence by Amy Jen Su and Muriel Maignan Wilkins offers something different. The authors define leadership presence as the ability to consistently and clearly articulate your value proposition while influencing and connecting with others. They believe that leaders with an effective presence have developed a `signature voice' which they define as a leadership presence that is confident, authentic and effective across a variety of situations and with diverse audiences.
The book begins by addressing three myths (or to my mind three excuses for not taking action): "You are who you are"; "One size fits all" and; "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". The authors point out, quite rightly, that the skills and ways of being that got you to this level in your career may not be those needed at the next level.
Myths dispensed with, the authors go on to introduce a four-quadrant model (they are consultants after all) to enable you to assess your current effectiveness, including which quadrant you are currently most comfortable in, and guide the development of your signature voice. They follow this up with what they term as ACE conditioning which stands for assumptions, communication and energy - the three areas which need to be addressed in order to build a signature voice.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well... if you have been reading a little bit on how to build Presence, Presentations, Networking and Connections... then do yourself a favor. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rahul S.
Wow, this book was right on time for where I am in my career. This book provides me with the tools to improve how I am perceived by others. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is an excellent reference for all leaders and coaches. The ideas flow and are easy to follow even if they take a little time to hone.Published 3 months ago by B.
I read this book first because of a conference that I went too, now I gave this book to other executives in our company so they could learn how to Own the Room. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Opinionator
It may be the style that this book is written but unless you like fable style learning, than move on. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Robert Kirk
I was able to employ the new skills I learned immediately.