How To Achieve Executive Presence

Do you want that ‘It’ factor when you enter a business meeting or even a room? If you could think of someone who just recently attracted and engaged everyone in the room, who was it?

Answer: Executive Presence.

You do not ‘just get’ executive presence, it is a skill to cultivate and build. You try not to sweat, fluster or stress in time of a crisis; remain composed and collected in any situation. However, it is not only about having a strong presence but inspiring confidence; showing that you’re a leader to follow and have the potential for greater achievements.

Forbes suggests 7 steps:

  1. Have a vision and articulate it well – have a compelling vision
  2. Understand how others experience you – understand how you are perceived by others
  3. Build your communication skills – leadership is about strong communication and trust
  4. Become an excellent listener – ability to listen
  5. Cultivate your network and build political savvy – cultivating a network of relationships
  6. Learn how to operate effectively under stress – presenting yourself as calm, even-keeled
  7. Make sure your appearance isn’t a distraction – appearance being appropriate for the setting and company culture

Have you heard the saying: “All the important decisions about you will be made when you’re not in the room?” Gaining opportunities and progress will depend on the confidence you show and how you inspire decision-makers. In fact, executive presence is the term used to describe those dynamic and confidence leaders who not only perform well within their jobs, but also can make a real impact upon other decision-makers. In fact, executive presence is about having a connection with an audience, building credibility and inspiring action; not as a speech or presentation but how you speak with colleagues daily, handle phone calls and submit reports.

The skills of an excellent leader include how to act, speak and present effectively and can all be learned, developed and realized through good practice and self-evaluation. As Forbes suggests, executive presence is not a trait but a skill to cultivate and build throughout your career.

Another way of describing ‘executive presence’ is gravitas. This means people have an executive ‘weight’ and presence that is respected and inspired by and without gravitas, executives can struggle to lead. If you want to develop gravitas as an executive or leader, you need to think about emotional control, maintaining a calm presence and business culture and speaking with impact.

So why is executive presence important? Gravitas, communication and appearance.

Therefore, if you want to increase your chances of leadership success, you need to actively cultivate your executive presence and believing that your abilities will lead to confidence.

Get closer to your career goals with executive presence!

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