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Have you ever wondered why some people seem to own the room when they enter a meeting? It is no accident that leaders who demonstrate executive presence tend to move up the ladder at a more rapid pace. Having an unyielding sense of confidence at work comes naturally for some people, but for most of us it takes a lot of work, intention and vision to demonstrate unwavering courage.
In order to demonstrate executive presence, everyone needs to show these 3 things:
- Be Consistent
- Be Persistent
- Be Committed
When we are consistent in our performance and interactions, it influences how others see us in the workplace. And when things don’t go as planned (not that THAT ever happens!) having persistence and the willingness to try, especially when we fail, generates admiration from peers. Finally, demonstrating commitment to your organization shows co-workers you are dedicated to the greater good of the company.
Your Executive Presence Check List
- Be ready for every meeting. When you are prepared and confident, others will feel it. Confidence turns into personal empowerment. Before a meeting happens, here is a preparation tip: check in with leaders of your organization beforehand and ask, “Has anything happened since our last meeting that can help me prepare for our discussion?”
Power Tip- Get on the same playing field with executives by finding out about additional conversations that occurred outside of work or in passing will give you an edge – you will be ready for anything.
- Own the room.Think about how a CEO walks into the boardroom. They are engaged, smiling and command the room. This doesn’t just happen. It takes intention and repetition. Practice your personal elevator pitch so much that you can say it without hesitation. Now video tape yourself. How are your mannerisms? Take note of words you might want to change up.
Power Tip- Next time you enter a room, have a smile on your face, make eye contact and you will create a strong lasting impression.
- Know Key Details. Research leaders and know what is important to them. Everyone likes to feel special — even someone in the C-Suite. Making Executives aware that you appreciate their challenges will help them see your commitment to them and to the organization. Check in with their admin and find out if they are arriving from a trip especially overseas.
Power Tip-Understanding key decision maker’s mindset and showing empathy will go a long way when you are in a meeting with them.
- Leverage Your Sponsor. Everyone needs a sponsor who can be an advocate. Ask them to introduce you to people of influence within your organization. This will elevate you both inside your company and industry. It also places you in the room when discussions are happening with someone who is your cheerleader.
Power Tip- Check out voluntermatch.org for leadership volunteer positions in your area.
- Always Be Present. In an age of multi-tasking-the best plan is to resist. Executives at meetings are present, engaged and focused on the discussion.
Power Tip–When you are present, you will have presence.
- Bring Energy And Enthusiasm. Executives who have contagious vitality really light up a room.
Power Tip– Share your excitement about a project and see how quickly it catches on with others on your team.
- Build External Presence. Experiential leadership is one of the fastest ways to learn how to command the room. Professional non-profit organizations often have key volunteer positions available where you have the ability to gain speaking opportunities, leadership roles in an environment outside of the workplace.
Power Tip-Go for something that pushes you outside of your comfort zone and can further your skills for your company.
- Share Your Contribution. If you are well prepared and execute a plan that has results you need to showcase your contribution to the company. Vanquish all thoughts of self-doubt. You are seasoned, experienced and deliver results.
Power Tip-Celebrate your accomplishments with a sense of pride and others will respect you for it.
- Understand Your Strengths. Leaders with presence are very aware of their strengths and know how to leverage them in meetings, both with internal and external customers.
Power Tip– Find out how you stand on a leadership level with this free self-assessment to help you achieve desired results.
- Level Up The Company You Keep: In kids sports programs, youth that show potential are often put on teams that might be a year ahead in age so they can level up to the players and really stretch themselves. Are you surrounding yourself with people who demonstrate leadership qualities you admire or are you playing it safe?
Power Tip– Engage with executives regularly and you will learn key traits that will help you perfect your presence.
Always remember, you are right where you should be to go where you want to go. You got this! Share this with a friend and reach out to us on Facebook, we love to hear from you.