Book Club at #MACoCon Looks to “Own the Room”

MACo’s “good government” Book Club will renew in August – with a book called Own the Room: Discover Your Signature Voice to Master Your Leadership Presence. Join us for the conference and this discussion, with a free advance copy of the book.

At the MACo Summer Conference, county officials and other guests can join a discussion on a book affecting public service and best practices as officials, employees, and colleagues. The selection for August 2023 is Own the Room: Discover Your Signature Voice to Master Your Leadership Presence, by co-authors Amy Jen Su and Muriel Maignan Wilkins.

From the synopsis on the reader-driven website Good Reads:

Find your signature voice

People are drawn to and influenced by leaders who communicate authentically, connect easily with people, and have immediate impact. So how do you become one of them? How can you learn to “own the room”? This book will help you develop your leadership presence.

According to Amy Jen Su and Muriel Maignan Wilkins, leadership presence is the ability to consistently and clearly articulate your value proposition while influencing and connecting with others. They offer a simple and compelling framework, as well as practical advice about how you can develop your own personal presence.

No matter where you sit in an organization, you can “own the room” if you are able to do two things well: first, demonstrate your authentic value and distinction, and second, connect to others in a positive way. Leaders who are able to be authentic while connecting with and impacting others have what the authors call a “signature voice”—a means of self-expression that is uniquely and distinctly their own. Once you discover and express your own signature voice, you’ll be ready to take your leadership presence to the next level.

Filled with real-life stories and examples, Own the Room demystifies the concept of presence and gives you the tools you need to identify and embrace your unique leadership voice—and have a greater impact on the world around you.

Read more on Goodreads.

Best of all, if you’re coming to the Summer Conference, and would like to take part in this discussion – your copy of the book is free, if you are among the first 20 to respond!

MACo is grateful for the ongoing support and sponsorship from J.P. Morgan, which has made possible the delivery of free advance copies. Their support for, and contributions to, each renewal of the Book Club has greatly advanced this multi-year conference offering.

Not registered yet for the conference? Register now, and make your hotel plans soon!

MACo’s Summer Conference, “Where the Rubber Meets the Road,” will be held at the Roland Powell Convention Center in ocean City, MD from August 16-19, 2023.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties