Talking Executive Presence

Talking Executive Presence

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Executive Presence is how we are perceived, look and behave says media strategist Greg J. Stone who asks the direct question “Why would anyone want to be led by you?” and that the traits of EP include being unpretentious, humble and quick-witted.

Executive Presence is how we are perceived, look and behave says media strategist Greg J. Stone who asks the direct question “Why would anyone want to be led by you?” and that the traits of EP include being unpretentious, humble and quick-witted.

An example being President Lincoln who when famously asked if he was shining his own shoes replied without a beat “You wouldn’t want me to shine someone else’s, would you?” Would people describe you as inspiring, motivating, commanding, credible, confident, or compelling? Stone says that one of the cornerstones of executive presence is recognising that you are on stage all the time.

In his book What to Ask the Person in the Mirror, Robert Stephen Kaplan notes that people will notice if your door is open or closed, where you sit, whether you stay in your office or walk around and so on. Awareness of the image you are projecting is key, as is your visibility. There is a deep emotional component to EP. If you’re not conveying passion, you are not projecting presence. Above all, don’t hog the credit, apportion it.

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