Episode 24: Amy Jen Su On Owning The Room [The Amiel Show]

Leadership presence. In some organizations, you hear the phrase all the time. Sounds impressive, but does anyone know what it actually means?

Do you?

Now, you’re a smart person, so let’s assume you have a definition ready at hand. Leadership presence is about how other people perceive you. And power.

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Through this lens, the greater your presence, the more powerfully you show up in others’ assessments. Most of us want to be perceived as powerful. So leadership presence is a good thing, right?


Yes, but only if it means showing up powerfully as ourselves. Not imitating someone else, but expressing the highest and most authentic version of who we are.

When you do this, you’re not renting someone else’s space or personality.

You own the room.

This is the premise of Own The Room, a book coauthored by this week’s guest on the podcast, Amy Jen Su. Amy and her coauthor, Muriel Maignan Wilkins, are cofounders of Paravis Partners, an executive coaching and training firm.


  • 3:30 The deeply personal origin of Amy’s interest in presence
  • 10:00 Three false myths about leadership presence
  • 15:45 Voice for others
  • 19:45 Extreme behaviors and fight or flight
  • 27:00 ACE: Assumptions, Communications Strategy, and Energy
  • 30:00 Nonverbal cues that trip people up
  • 33:00 Women’s voices
  • 37:00 How things change when our leadership roles scale
  • 44:30 How to condition yourself like an athlete

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