The director of my department is amazing. He asks inspiring questions to enhance my work and ensure I have a robust story before advancing the progress, he occasionally walks around the building to engage with the various team members, he supports multiple recognition and youth educational outreach events, and he has a solid understanding of the multitude of projects in the department. My director does all this and still has an easy going positive attitude and great charisma. He is not the only one in my chain of leadership with such admirable qualities. Many of these leaders excel in executive presence.
I first learned about this term last fall and found it embodies the magically captivating quality in successful leaders. They inspire and accomplish many goals with exceptional confidence. Business insider (http://www.businessinsider.com/the-7-traits-of-executive-presence-2013-9) condenses the traits of executive presence into 7 C’s of the C-Suite:
These traits are all learnable and can be practiced at all levels to help advance your career. It’s kind of like the old saying, “dress for the job you want” instead it is “present yourself like you have the job you want.”
Opportunities for this kind of success lie with presentation skills. When presenting to any level, deliver the messages with these 7 C’s. Preparation and asking for feedback will give you an advantage. Forbes also encourages feedback to find your executive voice (https://www.forbes.com/sites/jennagoudreau/2012/10/29/do-you-have-executive-presence/#36dc6d126358)
Improving your executive presence is like developing any personal improvement strategy that I recommend:
- Pick someone whose executive presence you admire
- Analyze what you admire about that person
- What skills can you practice?