Tag Archives: executive presence

Why Leaders Need to Improve
(Authentic) Self Confidence

No one gives you self confidence; it is something each of us has to develop on our own. Now, you may have been fortunate to have had great parents and siblings and supportive teachers who intuitively built your self-esteem. Okay, lucky you. I don’t deny that happens and that some people seem to have been […]
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Leadership Personalities:
Obsessives and Marketing Types

I’ve been discussing leadership personalities and the importance of evaluating leadership potential using personality types. I believe that past performance isn’t sufficient for finding and selecting tomorrow’s leaders. There are too many complex global challenges that future leaders will face. An excellent book, Michael Maccoby in Narcissistic Leaders: Who Succeeds and Who Fails (Crown Business, […]
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Lopsided Leadership:
When Leaders Overplay Strengths

Many leaders fear they’ll lose their edge if they stop leading with their strengths. They must instead learn to use this strength more selectively. This may be the hardest developmental work one can take on. Behavioral changes are a demanding goal, and it’s even harder to change or modulate what you’ve always done well. It […]
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Great Presentations that
Persuade in 20 Minutes

What is the best way to craft a great presentation? I’ve heard it said that ideas are the currency of twenty-first century business professionals. If that is so, then our business presentations must persuade action. Unfortunately, many fall short. Presentations are critical to career success, yet we too often focus on how slides look or […]
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How to Apologize at Work: Don’t Justify

Mistakes happen all the time. But when we screw up, it’s often hard to apologize at work effectively. It’s even worse when executives have to make public apologies for corporate mistakes. There’s a great article about this by Ron Ashkenas on the Harvard Business Review site January, 2015, “When a Public Mistake Requires an Old-Fashioned […]
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Leaders Manage Perceptions
Through 3 Filters

No matter how clear you think you are as a leader, people don’t always perceive you the way you intend to be perceived. Great leaders learn to manage perceptions. In social psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson’s book No One Understands You and What to Do About It (Harvard Business Review Press, 2015), the author reminds us […]
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Leaders Who Manage Perception Bias
Are More “Judgeable”

How do you come across to other people? Is what you say the same as what people hear? No matter how clear you think you are as a leader, people don’t always perceive you the way you intend to be perceived. Let’s face it, everyone has perception bias. If you don’t manage perception biases, people […]
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True or False? Authentic Leaders Don’t Have to Manage Perceptions

It’s possible you think you don’t need to manage perceptions. After all, you’re pretty good at communicating and people seem to like you. You express yourself clearly and try to be upfront and genuine with people. What’s the problem? According to social psychologist and author Heidi Grant Halvorson in her recent book, No One Understands […]
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Great Leaders Excel at Managing Perceptions

With any position of leadership authority, you’re likely to experience your words being misinterpreted, misquoted, and taken out of context. Leadership communication and managing perceptions is a huge challenge for most leaders that seems impossible at times. How do you come across to other people? Is what you say the same as what people hear? […]
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Future of Work: 5 Skills for the Robotic Age

I’ve been intrigued by the book Metaskills: 5 Talents for the Robotic Age, by business adviser Marty Neumeier. He points out that for the future of work, we need to stay on top of the robot curve—the constant waterfall of obsolescence and opportunity fed by competition and innovation. Neumeier outlines five metaskills that—so far—robots cannot […]
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