What is executive presence?
Sylvia Ann Hewlett defines EP in her book Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success, this way: “Executive presence is the ’it factor,’ a heady combination of confidence, poise, and authenticity that convinces the rest of us we are in the presence of someone who’s going places.”
Harvard research psychologist, Amy Cuddy, in her bestselling book, Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges focuses more on internal states saying, “Presence is the state of being attuned to and being able to comfortably express our true thoughts, feelings, values, and potential.”
Why is it important?
Executive presence relates to all the qualities typically associated with those promoted to higher positions in an organization. (We are leaving aside the real impact of unconscious bias which can contribute to a skewed view of who is “executive material.”) But even those of us not climbing the corporate ladder can benefit from the unconscious trust given to those who exhibit executive presence.
In our workshops we explore one major aspect of executive presence: the ability to claim space in the room or at the table.
For each person it will look different since one important aspect of EP is being authentic.
Central to executive presence is the ability to communicate to large or small groups. According to John Beeson, author of The Unwritten Rules: The Six Skills You Need to Get Promoted to the Executive Level, “Not only is public speaking an important executive requirement, but your ability to “stand and deliver” to an executive group or large audience is frequently viewed as an indicator of your ability to handle pressure.”
Even if you’re communicating in smaller groups, our workshops will help you stretch into your most
We help you explore your projected voice, a relaxed but strong upright posture, confident eye contact, concise but engaging stories, compelling word choices, and enthusiasm.
Everyone can develop more executive presence.
If you have EP you will always be more engaging and impactful when communicating with others.