Finding Executive Presence

Updated: Feb 12, 2019

Executive presence, often defined as ”The ability to project gravitas #confidence, #poise and #decisiveness under pressure” accounts for more than 25% of what it takes to get promoted according to the Center for Talent Innovation.


#Presence, while important in opportunities for promotion, is equally important in the ability to influence and communicate in a manner that inspires others to engage and act. Presence is a “what do you believe about yourself” issue as much as an issue of mechanics.

First some of the mechanics associated with #ExecutivePresence include:


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Composure (Emotional Intelligence): The ability to control your emotions. Self awareness, empathy, self regulation and awareness of others.

Connection: Engaging others and listening to hear; being in the moment

Communication: Adapting to their style, attending to your body language and the clarity and conviction of your message.

Confidence: Exhibited through posture, eye contact, dress and composure


The “what do you believe about yourself” underpins presence. Presence is a function of how