Harnessing executive presence as a leader

Have you ever heard the term ‘executive presence’? Joel Garfinkle defines it as a catchall term for the charisma, confidence, decisiveness, and boldness that leaders often present. It’s true that a leader with a strong executive presence radiates confidence and can command a room and inspire their team.

Garfinkle says it best: “Strong executive presence is what gives the best leaders their persuasive power, the respect of everyone in their company, and the ability to influence people at all levels – no matter what position they hold.”

In a recent article by Garfinkle, he outlines the three characteristics of leaders with executive presence. Based on my own experiences, I couldn’t agree more with Garfinkle on the most important things to consider when it comes to crafting your own executive presence:

  • Clearly demonstrating authority. Speaking decisively, sharing clear rationale for your ideas, and ensuring that you are highly engaging when speaking to your team will help you radiate the “aura of authority,” as he calls it.


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