Monthly Archives: July 2014

Leadership Quest: How to Become an Inspirational Leader

If you could have any quality you want in your job as a manager or leader, what would that be? How about becoming an inspirational leader? I ask this question of my coaching clients. Many have specific “wants” like be a better motivator, or achieve better numbers next quarter, or get that next promotion. or […]
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Executive Presence: A Serious Look at What Really Matters

In the work I do coaching leaders on executive presence, I can usually differentiate when someone wants to “look good” vs “do good.” While your physical bearing is important, your core values and the way you communicate them are even more significant. “We need leaders who model high social intelligence…who appeal to our higher selves […]
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6 Steps for Building Executive Presence

Executive presence isn’t like great art in that everybody sees it differently. It’s built on learning more about yourself and how you come across to others. Then it takes deliberate practice to implement best ways to make a stronger impression as a good leader. You can’t do this alone. You’ll absolutely need a mentor or […]
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Executive Presence: Stronger with Leadership Storytelling

Some executives have a knack for telling stories that explain a concept in vivid terms and inspire actions. If you don’t have that natural talent, you can increase your executive presence when you learn to use stories in a way that’s effective. Here’s why it’s so important. The art of storytelling is a key element […]
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11 Ways to Have More Executive Presence

The qualities associated with executive presence can be difficult to learn and practice. It may prove impossible to develop them without the help of a qualified coach or mentor. You can work on and improve some of these competencies by yourself, but even then, they may evade certain personalities. Most people aren’t born with executive […]
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What Defines Executive Presence?

Is there such a thing as “executive presence”? Has this ever happened in your company: Someone gets promoted with less experience than a colleague? Let’s say this person successfully competed against other qualified candidates, some of whom you know are just as experienced and smart. You ask yourself, “Why him?” … or, “Why her?” Soon, […]
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Executive Presence, Charisma, and Nonverbal Conversations

At one time there were best selling business books advocating leaders cultivate “charisma.”  Then certain charming leaders turned out to be psychopaths and gave charisma a bad name. Now it seems there’s a flurry of consultants and coaches promoting executive “presence.” Many of these books are nothing but revised tips on how leaders should communicate […]
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Coaching with the Toxic Leadership Correction Plan

How do organizations correct toxic leadership and toxic behaviors once it infects a business? Is it ever too late for a prevention plan? Is transformation possible in the face of pervasive toxicity? Many case studies have proved that change is possible, but it requires a major shift in assumptions and engagement in coaching/training. In my […]
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Toxic Leaders and Workplaces: Waiting for “Really Bad”

In some ways having a toxic leader can spur positive action. It’s a shame, but often bad behavior has to get really bad before anyone is motivated to speak up. Trauma often opens doors. Sometimes a situation has to deteriorate before people shout “Enough!” By the time HR, the executive board, the senior team and […]
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Toxic Leadership: In Search of Prevention

What can organizations do to prevent toxic leadership? I’ve been doing some reading and sharing on bad bosses and toxic leaders. Perhaps what’s needed is a counterintuitive approach. Instead of dwelling on toxic behaviors’ destructive impact, consultants and coaches can work with people to create early awareness of dysfunctions. When toxicity is identified early on, […]
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