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How Developing Executive Presence Can Take Your Leadership Skills to the Next Level

  • By Diana Kawarsky, MA, CCP
  • May 19, 2023

Executive Presence

A strong executive presence can take your leadership skills to the next level. Whether you’re an up-and-coming executive or a seasoned CEO, developing your executive presence will help you close deals easier, make difficult decisions confidently, and foster trust in yourself and those around you. Read on for tips on how to build a powerful executive presence that sets you apart from other leaders within the organization.

What Is Executive Presence?

Executive presence is a set of characteristics believed to be important for top-level leaders to possess. Executive presence encompasses factors such as confidence, charisma, communication skills, decision-making skills, and the ability to inspire trust and credibility.

Those who possess executive presence are often viewed as natural leaders. While some may believe that executive presence is something you are born with, it is actually something that can be developed and nurtured with soft skills training.

Why Executive Presence Is Important for Effective Leadership

Below are some of the reasons why executive presence is an important interpersonal skill for leaders to possess.

  • Inspires Confidence: Leaders with executive presence inspire confidence in their team because they have a clear and compelling vision that they can communicate effectively. They exude confidence and project an aura of competence, which makes others feel assured that they are in good hands.
  • Builds Trust: Leaders who possess executive presence are perceived as trustworthy and authentic, which helps build strong relationships and fosters a culture of openness and transparency. These leaders can connect with others personally, making them more approachable and relatable to their team members. 
  • Improves Communication Skills: Executive presence is essential to improving communication skills, as effective leaders with executive presence can convey their message with clarity and conviction. In addition, they are skilled at reading nonverbal cues and adjusting their message accordingly. 
  • Enhances Career Prospectives: Leaders with executive presence are often seen as more promotable and more likely to be considered for top-level positions. They have the ability to make a strong impression on key decision-makers and appear more valuable to organizations.
  • Facilitates Effective Decision-Making: Leaders with executive presence have a calm and composed demeanour that allows them to stay focused. This quality is invaluable, as it goes hand in hand with having strong decision-making skills.
  • Improves Team Performance: Executive presence provides an avenue for leaders to create positive and motivating environments in workplaces. Leaders with this quality are able to inspire their team members to achieve their best, which translates to increased productivity and overall team performance. 
  • Fosters Innovation: Leaders with executive presence can create a culture of openness and creativity, which fosters innovation, improves employee engagement, and encourages team members to think outside the box. 

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With The Soft Skills Group’s leadership soft skills training, your employees will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to navigate complex business situations with ease, confidence, and authority. They will learn how to communicate effectively, exude executive presence, and become true leaders in their field. Our soft skills training is designed to help your employees become more effective and efficient in their roles and is tailored to your organization’s specific needs.

Elevate your team’s performance and impact today by enrolling in The Soft Skills Group’s leadership soft skills training. Contact us today to learn more or to reserve your spot!

Diana Kawarsky, MA, CCP

Diana is President of The Soft Skills Group Inc., and a senior training & development professional with over 20 years of experience in delivery, design & consulting with Fortune 500 companies, Universities & Colleges in Canada, USA, Europe, and Asia. Read More