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 […]


Executive Presence: An Overlooked Success Factor

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Whether you call it charisma, confidence or compelling leadership, executive presence is in the spotlight. So what is it anyway? I am talking about more than making a great first impression. Presence is multifaceted, builds over time, and is reflected in everything you say, feel and do. It is grounded in who we are and […]


Leadership Presence: Express Your Passionate Purpose

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As a leader, you need to infuse your words, actions and stories with passion and authenticity. Every time you communicate a message, incorporate specific, dynamic verbs that characterize your intentions. In the work I do coaching leaders, I find many who are passionate about their work, but are reserved in expressing it sufficiently in their […]


Nonverbal Cues and Leadership Presence

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Authors Kathy Lubar and Belle Linda Halpern suggest in their book, Leadership Presence: Dramatic Techniques to Reach Out, Motivate and Inspire, three guidelines for developing emotional expressiveness that inspires others, influences change and drives business results. 1.  Generate excitement 2.  Put nonverbal cues to work 3.  Find and express a passionate purpose How can you put nonverbal […]


Emotional Leadership: The Bad News for Buttoned-Up Leaders

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In the work I do coaching leaders, many still cling to the idea that emotional expressiveness is seen in leaders as weak and ineffective. Research into emotional and social intelligence reveals the contrary. Failure to show emotions makes leaders far less effective and not inspiring. Without recognizing and expressing our feelings, our ability to make wise […]