The Leader's Toolkit: Your Guide to Leadership Presence

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Intentional Energetic Presence®” (IEP) is a methodology devoted to helping YOU (me/us) show up and create the impact you (I/we) want with clarity, power, and generosity, and without burnout, exhaustion, or “giving yourself (ourselves) away.” It is used in all of our leadership and culture programs and is based upon my 20+ years working in the trenches with business leaders, athletes, designers, performers, professionals, and organizations in the areas of leadership, performance, influence, collaboration, and creating impact. It’s been used by leading innovators in companies and industries all over the world (see my bio for more) and is designed for humans who want to have more positive impact and feel good doing so.

On this page, to get you started, I hone in on the topic of presence and IEP overall — which, by the way, I am the founder of AND also a life long student of. As you’ll find, this work is never “done” and that’s actually the fun and liberating part. Shall we?

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The Leadership Trifecta: Showing Up for Ourselves and Others

The IEP Method® is a 3-part methodology designed to create greater leadership, influence, and impact while honoring our own well-being, energy, and vitality. (See the “Leadership Trifecta” above.) The method has three repeatable core components: 1) reboot your presence in the moment, 2) build a strong energetic field and foundation, and, 3) create intentional impact. Each of these components has frameworks, principles, content, and real-life immediately integrate-able exercises and practices to bring them to life.

IEP is about Showing Up for others, and also for ourselves. It’s about taking full accountability for our life and impact and creating our experiences and outcomes intentionally. And it’s about being in clean communication and relationship with ourselves so we can figure out what we want (and need) to do and what we can authentically commit to in order to become the leader we want to be.

When we own our leadership and work our IEP, we build a (positively) contagious culture and create impact together.

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Culture Creation: Strengthening Ourselves & Culture from the Inside-Out

Strengthening our IEP invites an inside-out approach using presence, intention, and our own internal wisdom as our guides in determining which areas of the model need attention first. The model is alive. The work is continuous. There is no finish line. Our relationship with ourselves is constantly unfolding, as is our leadership and our ability to serve and create impact with others.

Whether we’re identifying and clarifying core values and congruency criteria, doing the internal work of managing ourselves and building our energetic field, learning how to protect and project our energy effectively, or navigating the external impact of leading and influencing others — learning, growth, expansion, and optimization are an ongoing process.

Just as leadership and IEP requires an inside out approach, so does culture. True culture is built from the inside out starting with each of us. The great news here? Whatever your desired result; your impact and your culture starts with you…and you can do a lot about that. Let’s first start with your presence…

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Leadership Presence: A Definition

“Leadership Presence is the ability to show up in a manner that creates more space and connection, inspires one to follow you because they want to (versus have to), and invites authentic presence in others. A solid leadership presence creates impact without saying a word, evokes courage to engage, empowers others to lead, creates safety in connection, and leaves others feeling better for being in your presence — all via the simple art of being.”

Your leadership presence is yours for the designing.
It can be cultivated, strengthened, and expanded.
It can be positive or negative.
And it is all contagious.

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Anese Cavanaugh
Leadership & Culture Advisor
Creator of Intentional Energetic Presence® and The IEP Method®
Author of Contagious Culture, Contagious You, and The Leader You Will Be

ARTICLE: 3 Principles of Leadership Presence

I’ve worked with human beings who want to have more impact, perform better, create solid positive results, inspire more leaders, and feel good while doing so for as long as I can remember.

Over the last twenty(+) years, I’ve worked with athletes to be better in their mindset and sport. With professionals and executives to enhance their health, productivity, and performance. With doctors and healthcare staff to show up more effectively and bring even better care to their patients (and themselves). With business leaders and organizations to create healthier impact by cultivating cultures of accountability, collaboration, and authentic effective leadership throughout. And human beings in general, of all kinds of industries, who simply wanted to show up better AND feel good doing so.

In our work together we are always focusing on IEP (Intentions/Energy/Presence) and how it effects performance. I’ve found it inescapable.

What I’ve also found inescapable are the three essential principles of presence that add up to creating impact, cultivating safety and authenticity, and having a solid and inspiring leadership presence.


Principle 1: Our presence is our impact.

People often think that leadership is about our skills, our credentials, and what we do — yes, these are all important. AND, people respond to who we be, how we show up, and how we make them feel. It’s the “soft stuff,” the intangibles that often create the greatest impact.

You may know people like this. They’re brilliant, well credentialed, crushing it with their results — but they’re either burnt out, “leaving dead bodies wherever they go,” sucking the energy out of the room with their very presence, “winning” by diminishing others, and/or leaving you tired (or on guard or spinning), just for being next to them. This is an example of a leader who’s got the “tangible” stuff down, but their presence and how they make people feel (that pesky soft stuff), makes them a leader who people follow because they HAVE to vs WANT to, and who people will NOT give their best creativity, thinking, or energy too. No good.

Now, consider this leader (who you likely know as well)… They walk into a room and the atmosphere shifts – it feels great just to have them there. They sit with you in a conversation, if only for a minute, and you feel more inspired, clear, and seen just for being in their presence. They command presence, create safety, and inspire best thinking just by showing up. For these people, their skills and leadership prowess maybe lovely, however, how they make people feel in how they show up and regard them is what truly creates their impact — kind of impact that unlocks ones’ greatest creativity, contribution, and devotion.

We are always creating impact. We either create a reaction of expansion OR contraction, responsiveness OR resistance, safety and inspiration OR fear and carefulness through our presence and how we show up. The difference between leading by invitation and inspiration or force and demand, is in how we show up.

How do these magical leaders with phenomenal life giving presence create this impact? Well, this brings me to number two…


Principle 2: Our intentions, energy, and presence drive our impact.

At the core of a solid leadership presence are our intentions, our energy, and our presence, or what I call our IEP.

I look at IEP in two ways.

IEP is our Intentional Energetic Presence® — being intentional about the energetic presence I bring to everything I do. Our IEP is like “food coloring in water” — it colors everything, we cannot take it out. Everything we do, how we show up, what we say, who we be… our intentions, energy, and presence are at play.

Another way to look at IEP is by taking these three words apart:

  • our energy, which is about the energy and stamina we have to create our impact and show up, being responsible for the energy we bring to everything we do, and protecting our energy from negativity or lower vibration states in others that may “pull us in.” This is cultivated by exquisite self-care, awareness, energetic hygiene practices, and intent (there’s that intention again!)
  • our presence, which is about how we show up in that moment — physically, energetically, attention wise, intention wise, and PRESENT. Here. Now. This is cultivated by the practice of presence, noticing, shifting, owning, rebooting, and leading our energy (ah! there’s that energy again!).
  • our intention, which is about what we want to have happen, what and who we’re in service of, the experience we want to create. This is cultivated by getting quiet and clear in the moment about what we truly want to make so.

These three things together practiced with intention and care are what help us create a stronger Intentional Energetic Presence, a more inspiring and life-giving leadership presence, and ultimately unlock our ability to create more influence and impact.

All three of these components, in my experience, are required for the most easeful, authentic, sustainable, and effective presence. When they are rooted in a clean clear intention, their power is amplified.

What is a clean clear intention? Well, that brings me to number three…


Principle 3: The intention of service, love, and connection – our quickest path to solid presence and useful impact.

Let’s play… Take a breath right now and consider something you’re working on making happen in your life. Perhaps it’s been challenging to this point. Maybe frustrating even. It could be a goal, a relationship, or an initiative you’re working on in your organization. Now, take another breath and consider your presence in trying to create this. Truthfully. (No one’s looking, this is for you.) Is your presence expansive, open, and energizing, or is it contracted, forceful, and depleting? Does it create an invitation? Or resistance? Does it feel good? Are your motivations clean and clear? Is the energy you’re bringing to this situation “clean?” (If your motivations are not clean or clear, your energy is not either. I promise.) Great. Breathe again. Sit with the quality of your presence. If you’ve taken these queries to heart, you now have golden information. Awareness is 70% of the battle, 30% is what you choose to do with it.

So, now…breathe again and consider, what IS your intention for creating this outcome? What and who does it impact? Is there a positive intention here? (By the way, it’s okay if there is not — this may be part of why you’re having a hard time creating impact or having influence.) Keep exploring. What is what you want to create in service of? Who does it help? Is it just about you; looking good, getting something you want, getting that promotion, being right, making someone else wrong? Or is it about service, connection, creating a positive impact, honoring purpose, helping things go well, and creating something bigger than you? Just notice. Your intentions and “come from” will determine your presence, your actions, and your results.

I guarantee you, you’ve had the experience of being on both the giving and receiving end of an unclean or unclear intention; you felt it. You may not have known exactly WHAT it was, and I promise, you felt it.

And I guarantee you’ve also been on the giving and receiving end of pure, clean, clear, and positive intent — you felt that too. And you likely had a lovely exchange and impact.

THIS is energetic presence. And it is effecting your leadership, relationships, and quality of life in ways you likely are not aware of yet.

If you feel that you’re rocking this area, wonderful – there’s an up-level for you. I promise.

If you feel that you’re suffering this area, wonderful – 70% awareness (and decision), 30% action – there’s gold here for you. I promise.

The IEP work is devoted to helping you build a congruent, authentic, powerful, and healthy energetic presence. The IEP Method® and the IEP Leadership Model are frameworks to help you do this all in a way that is real and resonant for you. Below you will find many articles on presence. Throughout this site you will find interviews, podcasts, webinars, program, tools, coaching, and offerings to help you work in the areas you need/want most.

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Happy exploring. Here is to your big beautiful grounded impact and to all of us learning together and doing good in the world.

To your impact,

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