How to Develop Executive Presence:
Actions Speak Louder than Words

 How to Develop Executive Presence-Actions Speak Louder than WordsIn order to flourish in your career, you’ll need to pay attention to your executive presence. Learn how to improve presence for job interviews, promotion opportunities, and coaching and leadership development programs

“Executive presence begins in your head. It resides in how you think about yourself, your abilities, your environment, and your potential.” ~ Kristi Hedges, The Power of Presence: Unlock Your Potential to Influence and Engage Others, Amacom, 2012

Executive presence is described as how well a person speaks, looks, and acts like a leader. Sylvia Ann Hewlett surveyed hundreds of senior executives to define what elements are important when evaluating for presence.

According to Hewlett, author of Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success, three main factors create presence in a leader:

  1. How you act: gravitas
  2. How you speak: communication skills
  3. How you look: appearance

This article explores how actions affect executive presence, and offers a nine point  checklist to develop your executive presence so you will be seen, heard, and felt.
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The complete article includes these important concepts:

  • Your Actions Speak Loudly
    • Micro-actions
    • Macro-actions
  • Authentic Actions
  • Checklist for Aligning Actions with Executive Presence

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