Leadership Presence

leadership presence



Transformational leaders often exude charisma and an aura around themselves. The inability to grasp this elusive quality of "leadership presence" (sometimes interchangeable with "executive presence") can lead to a leader losing credibility and trust with his team.

In this workshop, we focus on seven specific dimensions of leadership presence. They are:

  • proxemics (space)
  • kinesics (nonverbal communication)
  • oculesics (eye contact)
  • vocalics (voice)
  • haptics (touch)
  • chronemics (time)
  • rhetoric (message)

Through experiential activities, participants will learn the skills to embody this quality with more assurance and confidence. 


You will 

  • establish your leadership presence baseline
  • identify gaps in communication and presence
  • understand the principles of the 7 dimensions in context
  • experiment and apply the dimensions to your roles at work
  • practise new strategies to inculcate heightened awareness of contexts 


2-3 days


King George VI

King George VI has a stutter. The movie "The King's Speech" is an excellent example of what the implications are for a leader of Great Britain just before the War. George VI is a king who needs to garner the entire nation to stand up against the enemy - but with a stutter like this, it is difficult to build strength, confidence, and trust. An inspirational leader is a charismatic leader, and more. Do you know how to strengthen your vocal apparatus and sound commanding and authoritative? It is not merely about voice projection; it is presence projection.

Bill Clinton's 1992 Presidential Debate

President Bill Clinton has been known to have an aura. He's also been known to have very intimate eye contact with everyone he speaks with. But a closer examination on his presence is his ability to engage you emotionally on many levels. Can you identify the 7 dimensions of leadership presence in this footage?


presence; leadership; charisma; gravitas; poise; context; culture; proxemics; kinesics; oculesics; rhetoric; vocalics; haptics; chronemics; high context, low context; performance; perception

To experience alternative ways to act