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Are We Redefining Executive Presence?

Are we redefining executive presence? When I consider how our work environments are morphing (remote/virtual offices, work hubs/collaborative spaces, casual work attire, flex work hours, technology/AI), the speed at which we’re doing business and the pressure on resources, it would be no surprise to see a redefinition of executive presence.
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Executive Presence: The Trust Factor

Without trust, you can’t have a strong executive presence; you can’t make the kind of connections that you need at work. Today work is done not so much because of command and positional authority as it is through influence and engagement. People have to be personally motivated to give their best. They do that when […]
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Executive Presence: Why Don’t We Express Core Values More Frequently?

There are several reasons why I believe there’s so much emphasis on improving one’s executive presence. Partially, it has something to do with companies decentralizing. So many middle managers have been eliminated, in favor of work teams that are quasi-self-governing. Everyone is being trained to step-up and motivate others. Everyone is encouraged to be a […]
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Executive Presence: The Intentional Leader

Executive presence is built on a foundation of core values and your ability to express your most worthy intentions in everything you do. All the work you can do on your communication skills and appearances won’t make you a great leader. As author Kristi Hedges writes: “Executive presence begins in your head. It resides in […]
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Top 8 Communication Blunders that Destroy Executive Presence

According to Sylvia Ann Hewlett from CTI (Center for Talent Innovation) in Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success, there are several communication blunders that can destroy your executive presence  when you speak: Signs of nervousness, such as breathlessness, sweating, trembling or stammering Constantly checking your phone for latest messages Signs of boredom, […]
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Top 6 Leadership Communication Skills for Executive Presence

Sylvia Ann Hewlett from CTI (Center for Talent Innovation) writes in Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success that surveys of senior leaders report these top six communication traits are key for leaders: Superior speaking skills: for men 63%, women 60% Ability to command a room: for men, 54%, women 49% Forcefulness and […]
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Gravitas is the Key Factor in Executive Presence

What do you think is the single most defining characteristic of executive presence? In the Center for Talent Innovation survey of senior leaders, 67% say that gravitas is the most important defining element of executive presence. According to Sylvia Ann Hewlett, author of Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success there are three […]
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Executive Presence: Got It?

I think executive presence is frequently misunderstood. We think of “presence” as a star quality seen in those business leaders who exude confidence and charisma and who shine at conferences and networking events. Most of us think of presence as a fuzzy quality we probably need more of for that next promotion, but aren’t quite […]
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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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