Annette Prieto Llopis

Vice President, Client Relations, Glenn Llopis Group

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Develop Your Personal Brand as Leader: Discover Your Impact, Leverage Your Influence

04/28/2014 10:36AM

Seize the Opportunity

The uncertainty of the post-2008 economy has demanded more from the workforce. All too often, leaders have been forced to sacrifice their own identities in the rush of business necessity. They are now eager to reclaim those personal identities as the economy improves and opportunities return. In order for organizations to retain top leadership talent, they must enable them with an identity that matters.

A leader’s brand represents the totality of what an individual can contribute to the workplace for the advancement and betterment of a healthier whole. The reclamation process begins by allowing leaders to serve as a natural extension of the corporate brand – allowing them to fully leverage their impact and influence both internally and externally.

Effectively leading others is a matter of influence – and developing this critical capacity requires leaders to continually invest time and energy into reconsidering and recalibrating how they are present with, and perceived by, others. Leaders must be more authentic, purposeful, and innovation-minded than ever before. In turn, this requires leaders to take charge of their own personal brands – with their personal brands representing the totality of what an individual can contribute to the growth of their direct reports, teams, and organizations.

Have you defined your personal brand as a leader? Are you consistently living your personal brand every day?

If you’re like most, your answer to both is “no.” Based on a survey conducted by the Glenn Llopis Group (GLG), less than 15% of leaders have truly defined their personal brands and less than 5% are living them consistently at work – each and every day. Why? It can be extremely challenging and it requires a tremen- dous amount of self-awareness, action, and accountability.

Additionally, 70% of leaders believe they have defined their personal brands and 50% believe they are living them. But when you “peel-back-the-onion,” you realize that their focus was centered on self- promotion rather than a commitment to advancing themselves by serving others.

Embrace the Approach

Developing your personal brand as leader is essential for the advancement and development of your career and that of others. Unfortunately, personal branding has become a “commoditized” term that has lost its intention as leaders and employees alike have irresponsibly used social media platforms such as LinkedIn to build their professional network and increase their relevancy. They believe LinkedIn and other social media channels can immediately increase their market value for their personal brands rather than recogniz- ing that the process of developing their personal brands is a much bigger responsibility; a never-ending journey that extends well beyond social media and self-promotion.

Personal branding is about making a full-time commitment to the journey of defining yourself as a leader and how this will shape the manner in which you will serve others by consistently elevating your skills sets, capabilities, and industry know-how. Your personal brand should represent the value you are able to consistently deliver to those whom you are serving albeit employees, clients, industry, board members, community, etc. This doesn’t mean self-promotion – that you should be creating awareness for your personal brand by showcasing your achievements and success stories. Managing your personal brand as a leader requires you to be a great role model, mentor, and “a platform” that others can depend upon.

At GLG, developing your personal brand encompasses our 21st century leadership characteristics that serve as a roadmap for success and ultimate significance. It serves as a tool that allows you to measure your ability to manage your personal brand and course correct along the way. To naturally thrive as a leader, you must become more aware of the following six characteristics in order for your personal brand to awaken its full potential.

Characteristics 

  • See Opportunity in Everything
  • Characteristics
  • Live With an Entrepreneurial Spirit
  • Anticipate the Unexpected 
  • Work With a Generous Purpose
  • Unleash Your Passionate Pursuits 
  • Lead to Leave a Legacy

These characteristics serve as a lens to discover and develop your personal brand identity as a leader in support of GLG’s Personal Branding Framework:

Reap the Benefits

When you view your leadership personal brand as a trademark, you will continuously mold and shape it. Your personal brand is an asset that reinvents itself over time to the needs of the changing marketplace, evolving industry dynamics, your organization, and people you serve.

At GLG, we create a highly interactive learning experience that takes you through a journey of self- discovery and provides you with the tools and resources to ensure you continue to grow and develop well after the workshop. Our ultimate goal is to help you discover your personal brand as a leader and learn how to best use it to increase your leadership engagement, high-performance capabilities, and overall contributions to your organization's mission, goals, and values.

As a result of our intensive training, you will: 

  • Learn how and why personal branding is no longer about self-promotion, but about trusting yourself to be a more effective leader and make your voice and identity respected 
  • Seamlessly deliver the most genuine executive presence that represents who you are and what you stand for 
  • Align your leadership role and responsibilities to more authentically amplify and create greater impact and influence 
  • Create your personal brand leadership value proposition 
  • Manage your personal brand by continually refining the answers to four critical questions that serve as the foundation for ultimate workplace success and significance 
  • Learn the four skills to elevate your career and organization and how your personal brand can create a workplace culture that fosters innovation and initiative 
  • Experience our “speed branding” exercise where your colleagues and/or participants will define your personal brand through their lens Awaken your full potential by becoming your own personal brand manager 

Welcome to 21st century leadership, where personal branding is a requirement to strengthen the organization, not a self-promotion campaign. 

Download the GLG Develop Your Personal Brand as Leader PDF

 

For more information about this training, please contact Annette Prieto at Annette@GlennLlopisGroup.com or call 949-387-2609.

 

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Annette Prieto Llopis

Vice President, Client Relations, Glenn Llopis Group

Annette Prieto-Llopis is the Director of Client Relations at the Center for Hispanic Leadership (CHL). She also serves as a CHL Trainer / Coach and is the Deputy Editor of CHL's Latina Expert Blog. Ms. Prieto-Llopis is also a contributing writer to CNN.com. Annette has had an accomplished career in sales and training with more than 19 years of professional experience in both the public and private sectors and brings that practice to CHL. In addition to serving as CHL's Client Relations Director, Annette works on developing culturally-tailored training to give Hispanic business leaders the tools they need to grow and thrive. One of Annette's greatest passions is empowering individuals to be their best selves in both their personal and professional lives. She has quickly become a sought after coach and mentor by young Latinas.