Are You Showing Up Mentally, Physically, and Emotionally as a Leader?

Mirror“Showing up every day isn’t enough. There are a lot of guys who show up every day who shouldn’t have shown up at all.” —James Caan

Leadership isn’t about just being a warm body; it’s about showing up mentally, physically, and emotionally for your people. This is what makes you the type of leader that people follow willingly. So, are you showing up?


When you show up mentally for your employees, you invest yourself into developing them into the best that they can be. As a leader, you need to focus on effective training, developing a pleasant working environment, and showing employees that you value their contributions. When grow your employees, your ability to lead effectively will also grow.


When you show up physically for your employees, you do not look down on them from a lofty office; you roll up your sleeves and get out on the floor. Your front line employees need to see you in the trenches with them, gaining an understanding of what their tasks require and what works and doesn’t work. When employees see you out on the floor with them, not to judge or micromanage, but to learn and support, you will earn their trust and respect.


When you show up emotionally for your employees, you get to know each of them on an individual basis. You start caring about them both professionally and personally. You get to know their strengths, their weaknesses, their aspirations, and their fears. When you show up emotionally for your employees, you become a source of support, understanding, and encouragement for them.

How are You Showing Up?

Just showing up every day isn’t enough. In order to be an effective leader who inspires others to follow willingly, you must show up for your employees mentally, physically, and emotionally. Invest in their development, spend time out on the floor with them, and offer them support on an individual level. So, how are you showing up?



© 2016 Elizabeth Stincelli


Liz Stincelli is passionate about recognizing and inspiring the leader in each of us. She is the Founder of Stincelli Advisors where she focuses on helping organizations engage employees and improve organizational culture. Liz holds a Doctor of Management degree with an emphasis on organizational leadership.

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4 thoughts on “Are You Showing Up Mentally, Physically, and Emotionally as a Leader?”

  1. This is an important article for anyone to read. Consider the test, that if you pass it, you will be showing up mentally, physically, and emotionally. We can all do this no matte what role we play in relationships.

    Physically – it shows in your body language. You know what I mean.
    Emotionally – it shows in your attentiveness. Are you eyes looking around the room or are they engaged in the moment? Are you listening or plotting what you will say next?
    Mentally – can you ask a question, on topic, to draw more information from the person talking?

    Showing up is presence, but it is also being present.

  2. Excellent article Liz! I truly believe this is all about being ‘present’ for the people we serve. I appreciate this article as reminders for all of us to ‘be there’ for our team / clients!

    1. Thank you, Cynthia. I appreciate you showing up mentally, physically, and emotionally!!!

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