How to establish Executive Presence while presenting?
A first look at the executive presence
Have you ever had a boss who when enters the office brings with him or her an air of leadership? Just by their talking have you guessed that he or she is the person in charge? But why did you feel like that? Is it just because of the way they speak? A leader should not only know how to do the job but should also have a commanding presence of authority and leadership.
What is executive presence?
In simple words, executive presence means the ability to inspire confidence among subordinates, peers or senior leaders that you are the one they would follow or rely upon. In other words, it is the ability to give a sense of poise, confidence, dignity and decisiveness. It is a term that encompasses a sound leader who with their ability can analyse the situation, work under pressure and can communicate efficiently and effectively. Executive presence is the persona that lets everyone around the person knows that he or she is in charge, confident and capable of leading others.
We can say that Executive Presence is the Positive impact felt by the ecosystem around a leader when she/he rediscovers the hidden greatness within.
What constitutes Executive Presence?
Effective communication skills: A leader with executive presence has excellent communication skills. He or she can communicate clearly with confidence, energy, volume and authority. For instance, Ravi is a boss who is generally shy and answers questions with “I don’t know”. He may be termed as a leader without executive presence. On the contrary, Ram is also a boss and just as he enters the room communicates confidently, assigns responsibilities to employees. He may be termed as a leader with executive presence.
Positive body language: The physical presentation, the mannerism, the eye contact, the grooming, the dressing sense and the posture of a leader speaks a lot about his or her executive presence. A leader with negative traits of body language is supposed to lack executive presence.
Relationship skills: A leader with executive presence needs to have a strong and emotional relationship with his or her employees. He cannot demonstrate rude behaviour with his employees. He should know to respect the feelings of his or her employees.
Integrity: People trust those who do what they say. They respect those who stand by their convictions and whose values cannot be shaken. Leaders with executive presence are committed and are consistent to do right things at the right time and for the right reasons. People are bound to be inspired by their leader with integrity.
Transparency and humility: Leaders with executive presence are bound to be genuine, straightforward, and comfortable in their skin and are honest about their flaws too. Their humble nature makes them trustworthy and relatable.
Conclusion: We believe that all of us have the seed of greatness within us .We have the potential to be develop a powerful executive presence. And with deliberate practice and coaching we can cultivate a very powerful executive presence.