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93% of Your Leadership Impact Is Going to Waste

Posted by Anese Cavanaugh on June 23, 2015

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What if I told you that you’re leaving a TON of potential impact, revenue and connection on the table?

Regardless of your leadership prowess—no matter how great it is — if your intention, energy, and presence aren't in alignment, you're leaving a ton of opportunity on the table. We are ALWAYS having an impact. Whether you're leading a meeting, or sitting in the back of the room — you're having an impact on your own experience, and the people around you.

This is your SUPERPOWER.

Your Leadership Is How You Show Up in the Room

Studies have found that as little as 7% of our impact is in the words we say—while as much as 93% of our impact is in our presence, the energy we're bringing to the table, our beliefs, our posture, our facial expressions.

Leadership is about how we Show Up. It’s about the impact we have on other people...and how we make things happen in the world. We have to be paying attention to our presence to Show Up well.

What’s YOUR Impact - Right Now?

Think about the person who walks into a room and the energy of the room changes before they even say a word. Maybe you’re charged up and ready to roll...or maybe your energy suddenly drops.

We have absolute control over how we Show Up in any room we walk into. It comes down to awareness first.

Which one are you: A Contributor? Or a Detractor?

How to Improve Your Impact on Others

Here are three things you can do to improve your impact:

  1. Awareness of your presence. Notice your impact and how you're showing up.
  2. Notice the energy you're bringing to the room and the experience people are having of you when you walk in the room.
  3. Set your intention of how you want to Show Up and how you want people to experience you.

Next steps:

This post originally appeared on Anese Cavanaugh's Blog on April 16, 2015. 

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About Anese Cavanaugh

Anese Cavanaugh is devoted to helping people show up and bring their best selves to the table in order to create significant positive impact in their lives. She is the creator of the IEP Method® (Intentional Energetic Presence®), an advisor and thinking partner to leaders and organizations around the world, and author of Contagious Culture: Show Up, Set the Tone, and Intentionally Create an Organization That Thrives (McGraw Hill, 11/15). As a leading voice on intention, energy, and presence in leadership and culture, she helps people unlock greater leadership potential, collaborate more inspiringly, create more openly, intuit more bravely, and lead more joyfully and effectively. Top innovators and executives in companies like IDEO, Zingerman’s, Cooper, Joie de Vivre, Fitbit, Nike, and others have engaged with Anese to strengthen team health, maximize leadership impact, and optimize company culture. In addition to appearing in publications like Harvard Business Review, The Huffington Post, CEO.com, and the NY Times, Anese writes regularly for Inc.com in her column “Showing Up”. She is currently working on her next book due out in 2018.

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