Eti­quette Talk

Defin­ing ex­ec­u­tive pres­ence

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Ex­ec­u­tive pres­ence is easy to spot yet tough to de­fine. Clearly, lead­ers seem to have this qual­ity in abun­dance. In­ter­est­ingly, hav­ing a bet­ter ex­ec­u­tive pres­ence is closely linked to rapid pro­mo­tions, at­tracts pos­i­tive at­ten­tion and in­spires oth­ers around you. While it may seem hard to ac­quire, fo­cussing on the fol­low­ing will help en­hance your ex­ec­u­tive pres­ence:

1 Ap­pear­ance

At work, your phys­i­cal pres­ence con­veys both pro­fes­sion­al­ism and con­fi­dence. Be­sides clothes, neat work habits add to your vis­ual ap­peal.

3 Main­tain­ing Calm

Lead­ers know that re­main­ing calm in the eye of a storm high­lights their abil­ity to man­age in­ter­rup­tions and work-re­lated stress with ease.

5 Lis­ten­ing skills

Lead­ers know that dis­play­ing good lis­ten­ing skills shows gen­uine in­ter­est, hu­mil­ity and help to make an emo­tional con­nect with people. Also, it shows their abil­ity to hear con­flict­ing views and lis­ten to re­lated feed­back.

2 Body lan­guage

Di­rect eye con­tact, firm hand­shake and swift body move­ments en­hance vis­ual im­pact. Pos­ture too helps as walk­ing and sit­ting up­right con­veys author­ity with a dash of dig­nity.

4 Com­mu­ni­ca­tion

As words add weight, good com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills are ex­tremely im­por­tant. Lead­ers have this abil­ity to con­nect with their lis­ten­ers at a per­sonal level and com­mand re­spect.

6 Voice

Con­vey­ing your mes­sage with con­vic­tion and clar­ity is found in abun­dance in both busi­ness and po­lit­i­cal lead­ers. Vary­ing the tone, vol­ume and pace to cap­ti­vate their au­di­ence, ef­fec­tive use of pause and em­pha­sis­ing im­por­tant words all help main­tain au­di­ence in­ter­est.

Shi­tal Kakkar Mehra Prac­ti­tioner of Cor­po­rate Eti­quette and In­ter­na­tional Pro­to­col in In­dia

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