How Are People Left When You Leave Their Presence?

As leaders, we have an impact on others—whether we realize it or not. This is one of the five marks of authentic leadership.

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But that impact is a double-edged sword. It cuts both ways. It is either positive or negative. It is rarely neutral.

This means we don’t just mindlessly waltz into a meeting and waltz out. Everything we say has an impact.

When we leave, people are left either …

  • Energized or depleted
  • Encouraged or discouraged
  • Inspired to tackle the next challenge or wanting to quit

Even the things we don’t say—our attitude, our facial expressions, and our body language—have an impact.

How do you leave people?

The good news is that YOU get to decide what that impact will be. But first you have to become aware of your power. It is greater than you can possibly imagine.

Recognize it. Honor it. Use it for good.

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