From all my work
with executive coaching clients these are the top characteristics
that have made the best so successful. As I describe these traits,
ask yourself: where do I stand? What do I do well? What needs improvement?
If you have executive presence you have an aura or magnetism or charisma
that draws others to you. You're a compelling force inside your organization
or work group. When you speak, people listen, feel inspired and uplifted.
You convey confidence, are respected as an authority, know how to
create impact, provide value and know how to get noticed?
Think about your peers, your bosses, other executive leaders, famous
people and your friends, who has EP? Who doesn't? Executive presence
is your secret to your success. Exploit your potential. Your own greatness.
It all comes from executive presence.
You can cultivate executive presence through training and practice.
You'll know you're making progress when you:
1. See the Big Picture.
You're a strategic, "big picture" thinker who doesn't become
mired down in tactics. You think "outside the cubical" and
take a whole company perspective when solving problems or seeking
new opportunities. You're able to communicate in financial terms to
show your worth where it matters most - the company's bottom line.
2. Are Willing to Take Risks.
You capitalize on ambiguity and change. Leaders are revealed and careers
are made for those able to navigate stormy seas. You challenge yourself
and stretch your capabilities. You're able to conquer self-doubt and
break through self-imposed limitations by seeking out opportunities
to move beyond your comfort zone.
3. Develop Strong Interpersonal Skills.
You build confidence, trust and credibility by speaking clearly and
persuasively. You think and act more like a leader than a manager.
As a leader, you'll inspire and motivate others by advocating what's
best for the organization, not just your work group. And, when you're
successful, you're willing to share the limelight with others.
4. Focus on the Things that Matter Most.
You improve your productivity, influence and reputation for high-level
achievement when you focus on the things that matter most. Not only
will you be a peak performer, you'll maintain a healthy balance in
5. Constantly Seek to Improve Yourself.
You find personal fulfillment and professional success by capitalizing
on your strengths and minimizing your mistakes. You encourage feedback
to demonstrate your passion for self-development and desire to contribute
to your company's success. You increase your growth potential by investing
in the most important asset you possess - yourself.
Developing your executive presence may seem like a daunting task.
There is a lot of work involved, but it's the kind of work that will
have far-reaching, long-lasting benefits. You will become more motivated,
you'll learn how recognize and promote your own value and you'll develop
a meaningful and effective career plan. These are all things you can
accomplish on your way to becoming a better leader.
away those books and cassettes on inspirational leadership. Send those
consultants packing. Know your job, set a good example for the people
under you and put results over politics. That's all the charisma you'll
really need to succeed."
~ Dyan Machan
"Management works in the system; Leadership works on the system."
~ Stephen R. Covey
"Act impeccably! Perform every act as if it were the only thing
in the world that mattered... It's the old Zen principle - you put
your whole soul and being and life into the act you're performing.
In Zen archery your entire being wills the arrow into the bull's eye
with an invisible force. It's not a question of winning or even caring,
it's making the everyday acts we all perform important to ourselves."
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work, so you deserve to feel fulfilled by it. Joel's unique 7-Step
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SPEAKING: Frequent speaker at keynotes, meetings, conventions
and seminars. He will energize your keynotes, meetings, conventions
and seminars with his compelling and inspirational speaking style.
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