To Lead with Trust: Principles and Practice


Are you leading with trust? In spite of the fact that high-trust organizations outperform others, few leaders focus on building trust with stakeholders. The leaders I work with are, for the most part, trustworthy. Yet, almost everyone could do more to create and reinforce an environment of high trust. There is no doubt in my mind […]


The PRES Model of Leadership Presence

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There are many books on executive presence that offer models for developing presence, albeit with some overlap. Three of the best books I recommend are: Leadership Presence: Dramatic Techniques to Reach Out, Motivate and Inspire, by Kathy Lubar and Belle Linda Halpern (Penguin Group, 2004) The Power of Presence: Unlock Your Potential to Influence and Engage Others, […]


Executive Presence: Foundation, Intention, Connection, Inspiration

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  In the work I do coaching executives, when it comes to developing one’s executive presence, I usually start with identifying your core values, strengths and purpose and move into discussing intentions. What are the core values, strengths and purposes that drive you and your leadership? Then we move into and work on connection skills. […]


Developing Executive Presence – It’s an Inside Job

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Speaking about executive presence as how one looks, acts and how others perceive you is only scratching the surface, to have true impact you must look within. Otherwise, you are creating a superficial window dressing, which others can see right through and will not build trust. Authentic leadership requires more than a display of the trappings of […]


What is Executive Presence?

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It seems “executive presence” is the new thing to have, but most people I ask in my professional practice give me wide and varying definitions. No one seems to be real clear about what it is – so what is it, exactly? Presence: Often referred to as “bearing,” presence incorporates a range of verbal and nonverbal […]