What’s it feel like to be in the presence of greatness?

Have you ever experienced the mood-altering presence of greatness? There are some people who hold themselves in such a way that they literally alter the mind-body chemistry of individuals, groups and teams…Last week I met someone whose presence did that.

DISCLAIMER: I have no idea who the guy is in this picture.  I was so moved by greatness experience that I actually “Googled” the concept: [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][People who represent Greatness].  I found the most random stuff — including this guy. The caption read: Most people associate greatness with power and money. Maybe true…but that’s not what I’m talking about.  And besides, this guy looks like he might be fighting back indigestion.

To further my curiosity, one the same screen I found this guy…I also found a picture of Nelson Mandela — that’s more what I had in mind.

Why in the world would anyone find this picture by Googling: Images of people who represent greatness?

But I also found THIS picture.  Geesh…how in the kingdom can a 13 year old boy wearing a Green Bay Packers jersey and a cheese-head hat represent greatness?  Disappointing.

I’ve heard people describe being in the presence of Muhammad Ali as greatness.  And Michael Jordan and even Bill and Hillary Clinton.  To be certain, it’s ‘rare air’ for anyone to actually be in the same room as these people.   But I’m asking a different question:  have you ever personally been in the physical presence (the same room) of a person who embodied greatness?

Last week I felt greatness move through me.  I do not have permission to share with you who gave me this experience, or where.  But I can tell you how:

In a small corporate meeting room, a very humble leader quietly entered a room occupied by approximately 20 very high paid executives: their new chief executive officer.  He’s not from here and does not look like anyone else in the room.  He spoke quietly, without notes.  Each sentence increased clarity.  He explained amazing new possibilities easily within reach.  Calm.  He also articulated what’s not acceptable, and how quickly he would make those judgements.  Confidence. The message was new — an equal mix of invigoration and earth-shattering attack on the status quo that these leaders built, and profit from.

He answered questions one after another with razor sharp articulation, demonstrating his intolerance for half-baked ideas and useless metaphors.  Three specific times he began his answer with “That’s a good question…”  The pulse of those three questioners danced like a 15-year old girl at a high school dance. Character builder.

As I facilitated the debrief, one woman executive said: “our confidence has been elevated to a whole new level, and that’s great to see in this room.” No one thought about how much money he makes.  No one cowered under his power.  They were filled with calm, and confidence.   And collectively, they knew the presence of this new leader would test and build their character.

That’s what it feels like to be in the presence of greatness.  Drop me a line if you have a moment of ‘greatness’ you wish to share…we will be grateful.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

1 Comment

  1. shuttlecocker on September 11, 2016 at 10:40 am

    I have felt that way a few times in my life. It’s something you just sense from some people even if they may not yet be celebrity.
    My dad exuded that quality according to a lot of people who came in contact with him. It’s something that’s kind of intuitive and hard to define in any particular way. I believe a great teacher can do immensely well if he/she can bring that quality where people/children will stop what preoccupies their thoughts and actually listen. Listen as if they’re mesmerized.
    I was told by a sports scout who watched my grandson who was ten at the time. He followed him around for a few hours as he played multiple sports one day at a local rec.center. He does play a mean game no matter what sport, that I can tell you. People actually lined up to watch him perform in Table Tennis for example. He plays at a level that’s very high w/o ever being coached.
    I’ve gotten a lot of compliments but can’t take any credit because he’s one of those that picks things up with ease. A natural!
    The guy caught my attention because he appeared every time my grandson played. This was over a four hour span of time.
    He then approached me and told me how he was enamored by the kid’s obvious talent. He asked me if I was aware I had a real big star in the making on my hands. I told him I suspected that he has potential. He thought I was being a bit modest and thought I ought to jump on the fact that I’m in the ‘presence of greatness’ when my grandson is engaged in sports.
    He ended up talking to my grandson in my presence. Well, I’ve never thought modestly about the kid ever since. The guy told me that he understands he is going to school and is doing well academically too. That’s great he said and handled me his unique 2sided book type laminated business card. He then proceeded to ask if I mind if he did an article on him in the local newspaper. I was delighted when two weeks later just as he indicated there was quite a lengthy article on him. I can pull it up anytime online if I need to be inspired. Makes my day go a heck of a lot better, lol!

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