The Art of Leadership Presence

Stuff happens. Maybe your team responds to an idea in a way you never expected. Maybe the people who were supposed to show up didn’t. Maybe a colleague expresses concern with your leadership style. Maybe someone finds a serious error in the report.

We all experience surprises. What if you could meet these surprises with ease and confidence? And what if you could create, through your own personal presence, space for more positive, collaborative engagements between people?

You can when you adopt the mindset of an improv actor! This means learning and practicing how to show up and be ready – ready to lead, to influence, and to contribute whether things go the way you expected or not. And to have leadership presence: something that builds the trust we need to work together through good times and bad.


What Will You Learn

By participating in this on-demand course, you'll be able to:

Develop Leadership Presence
  • Identify how leadership presence can benefit your work situation
  • Recognize the value of different types of leadership presence
  • Create a skill development plan for increasing trust and influence at work
Build Leadership Confidence
  • Acknowledge the power of non-verbal communication and how to use body language and eye contact to demonstrate leadership confidence
  • Practice techniques to exude confidence when speaking to others
Practice and Promote Consistency
  • Build trust through preparation and follow-through
  • Enhance respectful and accountable behavior when playing a team leadership role
Remain Calm in Chaos
  • Expand capabilities to use body and mind when dealing with chaos
  • Recognize how to acknowledge, deal, and move on from difficult situations.

Course Information

0.70 Hours
90 Days

Is This Course For You

Emerging leaders, managers, and individual contributors whose effectiveness would be enhanced through confidence, consistency and remaining calm in chaos. Participants who want to build trust, influence others and deliver strong presentations will benefit from this course.


Have colleagues who need this course? See Special Offers to the right.

Click on the Requirements tab to make sure you are properly equipped to interact with this course.

Have colleagues who need this course? See Special Offers to the right.

Click on the Requirements tab to make sure you are properly equipped to interact with this course.

Materials Provided

  • 90 days (from date of purchase) of online access to the  one hour, 20-minute presentation
  • Job aid (downloadable, .pdf's)
  • Integrated knowledge checks to reinforce key concepts
  • Proof of Participation (Transcript)

Course Requirements

  • Windows 7, 8, 10 (other operating systems and mobile platforms are not supported but may work)
  • Internet Explorer 11, Mozilla Firefox 37, Google Chrome 42 (other browsers are not supported but may work)
  • Broadband-1Mbps minimum


Develop Leadership Presence
[Duration: 10 minutes]
  • Introduction and Objectives
  • Introducing Karen Hough
  • Leadership Presence: Why it Matters
  • Activity: What Leadership Presence Means to You
  • What is Leadership Presence
  • Recognizing Leadership Presence
  • Scenarios: Different Types of Leaders
  • Self-Assessment
  • Personal Action Planner
  • Learning Check
Build Leadership Confidence
[Duration: 10 minutes]
  • Introduction and Objectives
  • Confidence
  • Body Language
  • Confidence and Improv
  • Confidence and Behaviors
  • Two Different Scenarios
  • Confidence and Bookends
  • Call to Action
  • Learning Check
Practice and Promote Consistency
[Duration: 10 minutes]
  • Introduction and Objectives
  • About Consistency
  • Preparation
  • Team Preparation
  • Follow Through
  • Consistency Coaching Tool
  • Learning Check
Remain Calm in Chaos
[Duration: 10 minutes]
  • Introduction and Objectives
  • Calm in Chaos
  • About the Brain
  • Scenario: Reaction to Chaos
  • Acknowledge, Deal, Move On
  • Set the Tone
  • Learning Check


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