Defining executive presence
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:
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.
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.
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