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Do You Have Executive Presence?

In the professional world, there are some people who simply stand out from the crowd. Those who can effortlessly command a room and engage other people. Those whose confidence and charisma projects the air of a natural leader. What do these people have that others don’t? Executive presence.

Executive presence is what makes others perceive you as being a professional leader. This quality has gotten increasing attention. In a recent survey, executive presence was ranked number two on the list of top 20 leadership traits that make a difference. In a separate survey, 268 senior executives said that executive presence counts for 26% of what it takes to get promoted.

So what exactly is executive presence and how do you develop it? According to Business Insider, the 7 traits of executive presence are:

  • Composure
  • Connection
  • Charisma
  • Confidence
  • Credibility
  • Clarity
  • Conciseness

One thing that many of these traits have in common is they are rooted in communication. Improving your verbal and non-verbal professional communication skills allows you to project composure and confidence and connect with others. Honing your speaking skills allows you to communicate in a clear, concise manner. If you’re unable to communicate with clarity, confidence, and professionalism, your skills and knowledge may be overlooked simply because you don’t seem like leadership material. Improve your communication skills, and executive presence will follow.

If you want to take your communication to the next level or help one of your employees improve their professional communication skills, make sure to pick up a free copy of my e-book “Communicate with Clarity and Confidence!” by subscribing to our newsletter community on our website. In this free resource, I break down the myriad factors that contribute to confident communication and guide you through how to use each aspect to your advantage.

Give us a call and see how Corporate Speech Solutions can improve your professional life! Call us at 212-308-7725 or send us an e-mail at jayne@corporatespeechsolutions.com to learn more. I’d be more than happy to answer any questions you might have!

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Source: Business Insider, The 7 Traits of Executive Presence