Executive Presence : Assessment, Coaching, Training

Your Inner Dialogue and Presence

OBJECTIVE: 9 sentence-stems to help you overcome possible barriers to your leadership presence

MINDSET: Of all the judgments we pass in life, the most critical is the judgment we pass on ourselves. The conversations you have with yourself determine how much you believe in yourself and how that belief translates into leading self and leading others.

ACTION: Without stopping to think, quickly generate at least 3 endings to the given sentence stems. There is no right or wrong answer. The idea is to turn off the little voice inside of you that censors your thoughts. Put aside your critical mind, think after, not during.

DURATION: 9 minutes. If it takes longer, you are “thinking” (rehearsing or calculating) too much.

Relationship Building: If I intentionally surround myself with positive people, I would ___

Social Awareness: If I don’t let someone else’s energy affect me, I would ___

Personal Magnetism: If I boost my energy level in a conversation by 5 per cent, I would ___

Inner Dialogue: If I have uplifting conversations with myself, I would___

Composure: If I get comfortable with not being the smartest person in the room, I would___

Personal Brand: If I had the next big role in my career, I would ___

Gratitude: If I recognize others for my success and small wins, I would___

Self-Care: If I daily schedule time to recharge myself, I would___

Compassion: If I make people feel safe and comfortable around me, I would___

  • Go over your responses and see if you have learned anything important. It may take a few trials before you gain some insight. If you learn something new, act on it. If some sentence stem resonates with you, repeat it if you find them helpful.
  • Do the exercise, go about your day’s activities, and notice any differences in how you feel or how you mindfully lead with presence