Practicing Presence


If you want to be a good connected leader, you must be present to both the situation and the people around you. Practicing “presence” sounds simple, but in today’s world of constant distractions and high-speed action, it can prove to be one of the most challenging aspects of leadership.

Three important questions that help you measure your own “presence” in any situation:

  • Are you completely aware rationally? Are you getting the point?
  • Are you aware emotionally? Are you present to your own emotions and to those of other people?
  • Are you present physically? Is your body actually lined up with your emotions and your intellect?

When you can answer “yes” to those three important questions, you are fully present.