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Leadership Presence Paperback – October 14, 2004
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—Jay Conger, Professor, London Business School, Author, Building Leaders
"Based on years teaching senior executives at the Columbia Business School I can say that the ideas in this book are easy to apply and make a dramatic difference in leadership effectiveness. Infused with the magic of theater and illustrated with compelling stories, Leadership Presence is a fantastic resource for executives and executive educators!"
—Professor Michael J. Fenlon, Associate Dean for Executive MBA Programs, Columbia Business School
"In Leadership Presence, Halpern and Lubar reveal what great leaders have always known: that the secret to having a commanding presence isn't about personal power, but about empowering others. Its inspiring stories will speak to anyone who interacts with others. It will be especially useful for experienced leaders who feel they aren't coming across as powerfully as they'd like."
—Kenneth H. Blanchard, Co-author of The One Minute Manager and Full Steam Ahead!
"The foundation of success in business (and in life) is the ability to authentically engage and connect with others. Using the profession of acting as the perfect metaphor, this book is a masterful guide for achieving true leadership success. I loved the mix of personal stories from clients and well-known actors and found Leadership Presence to be a powerful teaching tool. This book isn't just for business leaders, it's for anyone who wants to bring more passion, empathy and presence to all their relationships. I highly recommend it!"
—Cheryl Richardson, author of Take Time for Your Life and Stand Up for Your Life
"The ability to inspire and move others is difficult to define, yet impossible to ignore. Leadership Presence unlocks the secrets of one of the most decisive and powerful aspects of human communication. If you want to better understand and develop leadership presence in yourself and others, read this book. Like its subject, this book is compelling – and impossible to ignore."
—James E. Copeland, Jr., Former Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
"Finally there is a book where the insights of theatre, transformation and organizational learning have been brought together. Leaders of organizations have much to learn from those who have spent their lives understanding the nature of performance, keeping the beat going, and the power of truly showing up. In the end, productive and humane institutions depend on the integration of art and commerce. This book is a great beginning."
—Peter Block, Author, The Answer to How Is Yes, Stewardship, Flawless Consulting, and Empowered Manager
"It is relatively easy to describe what makes a leader, it's teaching people how to communicate the qualities of leadership that is difficult. Leadership Presence does just that. It doesn't just tell you what to do, it tells you how to do it."
—Mark C. Mazzarella, Co-author of Reading People and Put Your Best Foot Forward
"Using the craft of acting as the delivery medium is an entertaining twist on the typical interpersonal skills book."
Top Customer Reviews
The main theme of Leadership Presence is simple yet profound. The authors define Leadership Presence as the "ability to connect authentically with the thoughts and feelings of others in order to motivate and inspire them to achieve a desired outcome". Throughout the book you will find a special emphasis on the word "authentic". This is not a book about motivating or manipulating others by using acting skills or pretence. It is a book that focuses on learning to authentically connect with the minds and hearts of others to effectively lead. Far too many business leaders conduct themselves in ways they think their executive roles require, rather than being themselves based on their heartfelt values. The result is that they come across as inauthentic and this breeds a lack of trust.Read more ›
The authors define presence as "the ability to connect authentically with the thoughts and feelings of others". While business has generally ignored this sense of presence and assumed that people will be led simply because they are employees, the acting profession lives or dies by this sense of presence. Business is now struggling to create loyal employees who think for theirselves and have a sense of being a part of a larger community. Business is looking for great leaders.
To help find or create these great leaders there has been a plethora of books about the attributes of great leaders; they communicate well, they treat others as important, etc. The difference between most management or leadership books and this one can best be illustrated by the art of dance. A good dancer can be mechanically perfect. Every twist, every turn, every leap is exactly as it should be, but still the dance is boring. On the other hand a dancer who truly feels and moves to the music as it were a part of their self creates a thing of beauty to see. That is where this book differentiates itself from the other books on leadership. The others are typically descriptions of what makes good leaders - the mechanics of the perfect dance.Read more ›
This book outlines the principles of acting and applies them to what it takes to be an effective leader; even more, on what it takes to be an effective person in any realm in communicating with others. I related strongly to the ideas in this book -- as a drama teacher, as one who works with middle schoolers and a community of teachers and parents, and even as a mother of two daughters. Even though I was familiar with many of the ideas that related to acting, I saw these ideas presented in a different context, and I believe the book will be a great reference for me in work and in the rest of my life. I plan to give a copy to my middle school principal, and to my rabbi--as I was reading, I thought of many people who would enjoy and benefit from this book. I highly recommend it!
Authors Halpern and Lubar are convincing and clear. Their anecdote-filled guide is profound without being heavy or treacly. Leadership Presence offers meaty chapters and practical exercises that are fun and helpful to readers, suggestive of the benefits to corporate groups who take Ariel Group seminars - and often keep coming back for more.
Halpern and Lubar are classy and serious with just enough humor to make this different self-improvement book an exhilarating read. Inspiring, almost like a novel with characters you care about, Leadership Presence is amazing. You won't be able to put it down.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very informative and using it in our workplace. Thanks so much.Published 1 month ago by Phyllis Batts
This book is extremely thought provoking. What's most interesting is how it makes you dig deep within yourself. I also love the style of writing--easy to read and no psycho-babble. Read morePublished 3 months ago by chris ortega
Really nicely written. Enjoyed it and took a few pointers that I am trying to implement into practice.Published 3 months ago by Tonya B.
Example of well written book that provides behavior changes we can all enhance!Published 4 months ago by MJ Moomaw