Being a leadership coach I often have the privilege to be in the presence of future leaders. There is one question that I ask in every session, “Who is the leader that you emulate?” I get answers like, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and disappointingly………… Hitler. It happens session after session.
Regardless of how consistently it happens, it still saddens me to think that mankind can see something remarkable in a human like Hitler. It takes me a while to re-center myself but after I do, I ask a simple question, “Are you aware of how Hitler died?” There is a pregnant silence after which they say, “Suicide.”
“Leadership is action, not position.” – Donald H. McGannon
After this awareness is created, the participants always reconsider their stance that Hitler is a leader to be emulated. I heave a sigh of relief; there is hope for mankind ………..
Being a leader is about asking the tough questions – it is not about providing the answers but it is about the asking the questions that stimulate thinking. It is about knowing that your opinions go through continuous change as you enhance your awareness and learning through your journey in life.
“A leader’s role is to raise people’s aspirations for what they can become and to release their energies so they will try to get there.” – David R. Gergen
In today’s marketplace, one’s upward mobility is dependent on one’s ability to present one’s thoughts with clarity, alacrity and impact. In short, one’s presentation skills are a key factor in career growth.
The communication training and leadership training programs conducted by MMM Training Solutions lays great emphasis on enhancing one’s presentation skills. The ability to understand the needs of the audience is as important as the ability to present with power. What complicates this scenario is that presenting in front of an audience is a skill that does not come naturally to most people.
“The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops, until you stand up to speak in public.” – George Jessel
In our communication training, participants’ presentations are videotaped and live feedback is given to each person. For 3 months after the training program the trainer coaches each participant individually – either by reviewing videotaped presentations or being present at a time when the individual is delivering a presentation and giving real-time feedback. The results of this training have been phenomenal and we have done this program for top leaders all over the world.
The potent impact, in my opinion, is because the group training is followed up with individual coaching. Coaching works to enhance one’s confidence and overcome the fear of looking ridiculous in front of people. But as good as you are one thing is sure, presenting in front of an audience is a difficult art.
“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” – Jerry Seinfield