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      Executive presence comes to play when you interact with people that have different communication styles in group settings.  It also includes your ability to make others feel heard in one-on-one situations. What leader do you know that takes command of the stage or room the moment they enter it? These commanding leaders have the ability to quickly understand the needs of others. To help you understand this leadership competency, we examine executive presence through three lenses:

      1. self-view
      2. worldview
      3. emotional intelligence in leadership.


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      How to Improve Executive Presence

      Now, respected leaders understand how others view them. They find out the needs of others. Then, they use this knowledge to control their emotions and influence others.

      1. The self-view step helps you understand how others see you in stressful situations
      2. The worldview step helps you learn the needs of individuals and groups
      3. The emotional intelligence in leadership step helps you understand how your feelings can cloud your perception



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      1. Self-View

      A person’s behavior and feelings may be quickly conveyed to others. It’s important to know that when you speak you also share other messages. Through body language, facial expressions, and tonality, others receive 93% of your communication. Your words only convey 7 percent of your message. Therefore, how you see yourself may be different from how others perceive you.   For example, here’s a page from a client’s leadership assessment. Let’s call her Julie:

      Fortunately, Julie used her leadership assessments to learn how to change her negative responses. Our leadership assessments can also help you shed light on your situation. Do you know how others see your behavior?   Here’s a tip. You can improve your executive presence by reflecting on your  daily interactions. While you reflect on your day, pinpoint 1 behavior you’d like to change. Create an alternative behavior you will take on. The next time you find yourself in a stressful situation, use your alternative  response.  If you need our help to change your habits, schedule a free stress coaching session today.   Lastly, knowing how others see you will empower you.  Then, you can plan the response that will allow you to control the situation.


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      2. Worldview

      Now, once you align your worldview with your self-view your Executive Presence will shift. Worldview is your ability to understand and appreciate others. You can think of these qualities as empathy.   So, to expand your executive presence, get some data. First focus on finding out the needs of individuals and groups. You should ask yourself: “What’s in it for them?” You should also ask them what they think about things and learn about their personal situations. As you get to know them, authentically share your views. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable.   When people feel that you don’t value their needs, you will feel their resistance and disengagement. Therefore, true executive presence requires you to have a good sense of others. On the other hand, if you selfishly lead, you’ll rarely connect with individuals and groups.    When debriefing Julie’s leadership assessments, we saw that she often skips this step. She learned that her high sense of urgency  makes her want to skip over this step. Her method to get her to slow down and do this step was simple. She said: “When I feel disconnected. When I feel resistance from others. I will say to myself: “Slow down and check-in!”


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      3. Emotional Intelligence In Leadership

      Well, what factor most limits your executive presence? It’s your lack of emotional intelligence skills. Now, the intensity of the negative emotions you experience limits your self-view and worldview. Hence, negative emotions limit your executive presence. This is your blind spot caused by your emotional biases. This means you may take actions based on how things seem to you. However, your beliefs may not be based on reality. Many leaders never learn about their hotspots and blind spots.    Finally, Julie quickly found her emotional hotspots and blind spots in her initial leadership assessment debrief. She got control over her biases with this emotional intelligence in leadership awareness. 


      Executive Presence Coaching

      Our leadership coaches can help you improve executive presence with leadership assessments. We measure six dimensions of decision-making. We also assess the level of emotional intensity in each dimension. In addition, we explore your  core behaviors to help you know when to adapt.   Next, we assist you in designing a leadership coaching program that helps you minimize your emotional biases. During the leadership coaching program, we continue to measure your executive presence. We make sure you have the leadership skills you need to always put people first.    If having executive presence is critical to your long-term career advancement opportunities , schedule a free introductory session today. Learn more about how leadership coaching can enhance your executive presence. 

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