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Own the Room: Discover Your Signature Voice to Master Your Leadership Presence Hardcover – Apr 9 2013

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (April 9 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1422183939
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422183939
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #108,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“… great advice for communicating authentically and connecting more easily with employees in a positive way.” — Washington Post

“The skills, drills and devices in the book are based on Isis Associates’ Signature Voice workshops. If you can’t take the workshop, the book offers a sound alternative.” — SUCCESS Magazine

“There are few, practical roadmaps to leadership that teach by example; Own the Room: Discover Your Signature Voice to Master Your Leadership Presence by Amy Jen Su and Muriel M Wilkins is definitely one of them.” —

“The book is chock full of tables, quizzes and charts to help readers visualize and create action plans.”— 800 CEO READ

“This is a book that is as applicable to small business owners who sell to more corporate clients as well as to employees who are looking to move into leadership positions.” — Small Business Trends (

ADVANCE PRAISE for Own the Room:

Jane Brock-Wilson, Managing Director, Berkshire Partners—
Own the Room is a must-read for all emerging and experienced leaders who aspire to authentically connect with others, forge relationships, and increase their influence. The authors have provided a practical roadmap and toolkit for building leadership presence from the inside out.”

Mary Ellen Joyce, PhD, Senior Director, Brookings Executive Education—
“At last! For years Amy Jen Su and Muriel Maignan Wilkins have been helping leaders at Brookings Executive Education to transform their ‘presence.’ This book brings their critically important leadership concepts and tools to a broad audience in terms that are clear, concise, and actionable.”

Suzanne Richards, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Freddie Mac—
“Amy Jen Su and Muriel Maignan Wilkins have finally given a descriptive voice—a signature voice—to what has been a frustratingly elusive concept. This book provides step-by-step guidance and a fresh, workable approach to identifying and making the most of one’s authentic self.”

Joel von Ranson, Partner, Spencer Stuart—
“This is a unique and powerful book that explains the major components of leadership and effective business communication. What’s special about the authors’ approach is that it links professional success to accessing the unique formula in each of us . . . our signature voice.”

Bob Raidt, Executive Vice President and Worldwide Account Head, Leo Burnett USA—
Own the Room demystifies the notion of executive leadership ‘presence.’ Using a practical model and instructive case examples, the authors prove that developing presence doesn’t require becoming someone else; it’s a unique, signature voice that can be accessed from within.”

Tim Gray, CFO, MedImmune—
“I often think about my leadership presence—where I stand today and how I want to be perceived in the future. Own the Room helped me develop a clear roadmap to reach a higher level. This book is a valuable resource for all leaders.”

Scott Burger, President, Pandora North America—
Own the Room is a must-read for anyone transitioning into, or aspiring toward, an enterprise-wide leadership position. There is an undeniable link between self-awareness and leadership. The authors’ practical model and real-world examples provide an invaluable tool to transition self-awareness to self-improvement.”

About the Author

Amy Jen Su is managing partner and cofounder of Isis Associates, an executive training and coaching firm. She is a frequently sought-after executive coach and speaker on issues of leadership presence, communications excellence, and executive endurance—factors critical to a leader’s performance success. She has a proven track record helping senior leaders clearly articulate their personal and organizational vision, maintain their personal best amid change and complexity, and influence key constituencies.

Muriel Maignan Wilkins is managing partner and cofounder of Isis Associates. Muriel is an executive coach, a strategy expert, and a frequent speaker on issues of leadership communication. She specializes in helping leaders develop in the areas of executive presence, role transitions, and relationship management. She has served senior-level clients across a number of industries including management consulting, private equity, biotech, and financial services. Muriel was recognized by the Washington Business Journal as one of the metro-DC area’s “Top Minority Business Leaders.”

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Anne Elder-Knight
4.0 out of 5 starsAn authentic approach to leadership presence
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