Have you ever been in a meeting or luncheon when someone new entered, and everything changed?
Business coach Linda Fields shares this scenario on "The Linda Fields Show" on the Charisma Podcast Network: "Somehow, things shift, and immediately the newcomer seems to own the room. No one has announced their arrival. They aren't on the program. Yet when they walk through the door, all eyes turn their way.
"People are attracted to the new personality in the room. They seem to have a magical effect on the atmosphere so that as they make their way through the room, things begin to shift. They make genuine eye contact with each one they encounter. A personal comment is added directly to each one who shakes their hand, even if it's only a momentary encounter. As they glide through the room, an affirming sense washes over the others in the room that makes them feel valued, makes them feel seen, even loved."
Fields asks, "What is this phenomenon? Can it be learned? Is it a natural emotional intelligence that you either have or you don't? Is it an anointing? How do you get it?"
True authority, Fields says, has nothing to do with your job description. People are clamoring for more influence and more authority, but "that's the long way and the wrong way," she says. Instead, what she calls "confidence of identity" enables you to carry God's presence into any situation and change the atmosphere. "You cannot fake presence; that's called pretense. You can't fake authority. But you can earn authority."
To learn more about the authority that comes from a secure sense of identity and how you can develop this quality in your own life, listen to this inspiring and informative podcast.
About Linda Fields: Linda Fields, MBA, is an American educator, marketplace ministry leader, entrepreneur, author and keynote speaker teaching a unique approach to personal leadership and professional success. She is an ordained evangelical Christian minister and host of "The Linda Fields Show" on the Charisma Podcast network. Find her at lindafields.org.
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