Nor is it the way that you do it.
Gravitas is what you are, at the deepest level, when you know that you can handle whatever comes at you, with ease.
Many believe that you can paper over the cracks. Put on a serious looking face. Tough it out. Well, perhaps you can, but many will notice that you are not as confident as you are pretending. People may even be amused by your charade.
And, this is where things start to deteriorate. Unexplained levels of confidence are met with suspicion. If trust is what you want (and it is what you ought to be aiming for), and you are hiding your real lack of confidence, you could be heading for trouble.
On the other side, if you display your lack of confidence, what then? You may appear authentic for sure, but will people take the action you want them to take? Or, maybe they will just sit there wondering why you lack the confidence in what you are saying.
Yet gravitas is what is needed, if you are to get on, become recognised in a positive light, and join the senior group. A person who has arrived.
Solving this dilemma, developing this sense of presence and poise, it what I'll be exploring with those attending my webinar here next week: Gravitas: Making a Powerful Impact (August 15th).
As is usual in my webinars, I'll be getting everyone involved, sharing their experiences in the world of project management, and ensuring that you walk away with some tangible benefit that can help you to improve the impact you create around you and your work.
See you then!
When projects hit the buffers, it is natural to bear down on the plan, look at what is not happening, and begin to push harder. That often results in resources being pressured to do what they cannot do.
Sitting back and looking for the root causes of the problems is essential, and the chances are high that the ultimate cause lies in the political backdrop.
If you are stuck:
Having thought these through, what do you need to influence to enable the solution to take shape?