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Volume 1, Issue 35

Improving Executive Presence

Executive presence is not an innate quality. Rather, it's a set of learned skills that can enable managers to command attention, says one leadership expert.

Joshua Ehrlich, founder of the Global Leadership Council, recently wrote a blog post for the Harvard Business Review on the subject. He offered the following advice to managers looking to command attention like an executive:

  • Focus and relax. "Calm is the foundation of presence," he writes. "Use your breathing as an anchor that you return to when you get stressed or start to lose focus."
  • Gain awareness. "Pay attention to how people react to you and ask for candid feedback from those you trust," he writes.
  • Practice with support. "Telling a colleague or mentor you're working on presence can boost your skills and confidence," he writes. "The feedback you receive can also reinforce momentum."

This article is from the March 12, 2012 issue.

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