An effective leader has a certain way about her – a way of speaking, a way of carrying herself, a way of making it clear that she’s capable and in charge.
Executive Presence is a term that’s used to describe this demeanor – to define a certain set of characteristics that dynamic leaders often possess. Some attributes are obvious and some aren’t quite so apparent but weave their way through a leaders’ overall manner.
Thoughtful consideration of your own leadership attributes can help you develop the elements that make up executive presence.
Consider whether or not you demonstrate:
Candor: To exhibit honesty, through the willingness and skill to constructively “tell it like it is. “
Clarity: The ability to communicate in an intuitively clear and compelling way.
Poise: The look of sophistication, conveying a background of confidence, education, and experience.
Openness: The prejudging and being willing to consider another person’s point of view.
Passion: The expression of commitment, motivation, and drive that shows people you really believe in what you do.
Self-confidence: The air of assurance that shows others you have the required strength and resolve needed to accomplish the goals at hand.
Sincerity: The conviction of believing in and meaning what you say.
Thoughtfulness: Thinking through something before responding.
Warmth: Demonstrating that you’re accessible to others and interested in them.
In which areas are you strong? Which areas could use a little work? Practicing these elements in all areas of your life can help you develop a stronger presence and more success as a leader.