Updated: Oct 8, 2020
How’s your executive presence these days?
If you’re unsure, let’s explore why executive presence (ep) is so important – and how you can leverage it to win at work.
Executive presence is the “WOW” factor. It’s an ability to communicate, project confidence, and gravitas while displaying grace under pressure. With executive presence, you have credibility that commands authority and respect. Without it, you may compromise your opportunity for advancement.
Here are a few ways to strengthen your executive presence (ep):
Boost your intellectual agility – Memorize facts, adopt cross-disciplinary interests, analyze information under pressure, and embrace strategic thinking.
Improve communication skills – Communication is 7% words, 38% tone, and 55% body language. Practice writing and speaking, and read up on relevant issues. Incorporate a sense of humor when appropriate, and place others at ease with small talk. Remember your posture and non-verbal cues.
Enhance your emotional intelligence – Focus on these three elements:
1. Self-awareness – Know your emotions, strengths, weaknesses, drives, values and
goals. Then, recognize their impact on others.
2. Empathy - Consider others’ feelings especially when communicating or making decisions.
3. Social Skills – Work to gain rapport with others by building good relationships and then moving those relationships in a desired direction.
Whether you just started in a career or have decades of leadership under your belt, a strong executive presence will help you access more opportunities and achieve better results.