By | Shital Kakkar Mehra | Executive Presence Coach for CEOs I Business Communication Expert I Best-selling Author I Co-Founder Katalyst, NGO
Executive presence is easy to spot yet tough to define. Clearly, some leaders seem to have this quality in abundance. It is in the way they carry themselves, the way they do business and the way they communicate. Executive presence makes managing staff easier as it is easier to command respect when a leader has gravitas. The advantages of having executive presence are numerous.
Interestingly, having a better executive presence is closely linked to rapid promotions, attracting positive attention and inspiring others around you. Any business owner or someone who aspires to lead should work on developing executive presence. While it may seem hard to acquire, focusing on certain things will help enhance your executive presence. Appearance, communication, body language, listening skills, maintaining calm and working on your voice are its key determinants.
Here is how you can develop your executive presence:
At work, your physical presence conveys both professionalism and confidence. Besides clothes, neat work habits add to your visual appeal. Expend effort into your appearance.
As words add weight, good communication skills are extremely important. Effective leaders are able to communicate to a diverse audience, connect with their listeners at a personal level and command respect.
Direct eye contact, firm handshake and swift body movements enhance visual impact. Posture helps too as walking and sitting upright conveys authority with a dash of dignity.
Leaders know that displaying good listening skills displays genuine interest, humility and helps establish an emotional connect. Also, it shows ability to hear conflicting views and listen to feedback.
Leaders know that remaining calm in the eye of a storm highlights their ability to manage interruptions & work-related stresses with ease.
Conveying your message with conviction & clarity is found in abundance in both business & political leaders. Varying the tone, volume and pace to hold interest, effective use of pause and emphasizing important words – all help to captivate an audience.
Make an effort in these realms to acquire or consolidate your executive presence. This effort will yield dividends in the course of your career and the running of your business.