The most powerful shift you can create for yourself in leadership is presence: being in the current moment. Presence empowers you with the agility that is needed in this information age. Conscious leaders know that being in the current moment is the key factor in effectiveness. We enjoy facilitating consciousness and are in awe of the power of presence. Witnessing a present leader in action in incredibly inspiring. I was able to witness this last week with my client, a Senior Vice President of a technology company. The company hired me to coach Mary (name changed for confidentiality), to raise her profile with the executive leadership team and to expand her strategic ability.
I began by showing Mary our practice of Present, Not Present: how recognize whether or not she is in the moment. By teaching Mary how to be present with herself, she is able to tap into her inner wisdom as well as her intellect for what was being called for in the moment. By raising her awareness around presence, she is able to come off of autopilot and override any conditioning (patterns that may be producing unproductive or undesired results). When present, she is able to access creative solutions previously unseen.
I continued by showing Mary how to be present with her emotions and how to use her emotions to her advantage. The five core emotions of anger, sadness, joy, fear, and sexual feelings all have a piece of wisdom that comes with the energy. Rather than bottling this energy up and losing presence, Mary can use this energy to her advantage.
By the time of my next facilitation, Mary was consciously recognizing some of her preferred styles. We all have preferred styles. Without consciously recognizing our preferences, we are on autopilot. This may not meet the demands of the moment. For instance, Mary has a preferred learning style of kinesthetic (experiential) and then a secondary preference for visual learning. Therefore, when she is in a room full of auditory learners and there is much talking, she starts to feel angry. She bottles up this energy and loses presence. Her effectiveness drops.
After just four sessions, Mary has experienced the following results:
- She is able to notice consciously when she is in the present moment.
- Presence empowers her to be with what is, and therefore she can consciously choose to be more strategic in her conversations.
- Being present allows her to be consciously aware of what is being called forward in a situation, act congruently, and to be more effective.
- By being present and not following patterns and/or her ego's lead, she is more connected to herself and others.
At the midpoint meeting with her Manager and Human Resources Business Partner, I witnessed Mary’s manager compliment her about how calm she has been and how satisfied he is with the level of strategy she is expressing at their meetings. Mary was present with herself at this meeting and revealed that although it is a learning edge for her to speak strategically, she is able to recognize when it’s being asked of her and adapt accordingly. She also expressed that she is excited about going to the next level in her leadership.
During the meeting I showed my Present, Not Present model to them and Mary’s Manager said, “I am learning something today along with you Mary.” This meeting strengthened the trust and connection between the two of them. They're both expanding their leadership abilities while being in a more connected relationship.
This is just one of the many examples of the power of presence. I continue to be amazed at what we witness with Mindful Leaders. The ability and willingness to increase awareness produces simple shifts that make a profound impact.
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