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
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.
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.
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 your life.
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.
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.