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Executive presence could be called the ability to manage perceptions. Perceptions are what others think or feel; behaviors are what you do to make them feel that way. You can strengthen your executive presence by seeing yourself as others do and modifying your behavior to create the impression you want.
A strong presence is something that many people believe they can sense but they can't describe. Others describe it in so many different ways, it seems to cover everything from your toenails to your brain. That can be pretty hard to absorb. But, after many years in corporate America, I believe we can examine behaviors and styles that support a strong presence and teach and develop those. This article looks as four important traits: gravitas, credibility, authenticity, and trustworthiness.
Jobs, careers, and financial compensation are no joking matters. Nevertheless, humor has a place when you put together your personal style and create your own executive presence. The demonstration of a sense of humor is widely admired in the U.S., and humor can be a great tool to show humility, encourage a team, or smooth over a rough situation. Here are Five Golden Rules to use humor to your advantage and avoid mistakes that will detract from your presence.
Being Present: It's More Than Just Showing Up
An excerpt about mindfulness from You, Not I: Exceptional Presence
Suppose that you arrive at a meeting and discover that an important visitor has been detained. Not only can the meeting not start until he or she arrives, the cause of the delay and how long it will last is unknown. Most leaders would be instantly frustrated in such a situation. They would attempt to track down the visitor, storm from room to room, question everyone in sight about what they know, when the delay will end, and what the prospects are for solving this problem. What if you took a different approach?
Branding and Presence: Your Personal Brand and Professional Presence
An excerpt from The Business Woman's Personal Branding Guide, a NAWMBA eBook, 2013
As you build your personal brand, ask yourself: what do I want people to think of when they think of me?