LEADERSHIP / JUN. 07, 2013
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How to increase your executive presence

As an executive in the workplace it is important to set a good example to your employees at all times. In doing so, you will not only earn the respect of your employees, but you will also achieve more overall, as your department will be far more productive.

There are many executives in the workplace that seem to exude an ‘executive presence’ and an aura of leadership. Many people are able to naturally exude this presence, which combines positive body language with an appropriate appearance and eloquent speech. On the other hand, others need help to gain managerial status and thus advance further up the career ladder.

Increasing executive presence

Employees who see their manager as irresponsible, rude, unprofessional or uncaring will eventually lose respect for him or her and may also end up losing faith in their job. This can have a significant detrimental impact on the overall atmosphere within the workplace, and will ultimately encourage employees to work slower and with less passion.

Executives with presence act self-confident, decisive and assertive and there are numerous ways to increase your executive presence if you feel you are lacking in any of the above areas.

Assess your strengths and weaknesses

The first step is to assess your strengths and weaknesses. This can be achieved by keeping a written record of your workplace activities and your reactions/responses to particular situations. Another tip is to be observant of people with an executive presence and compare their behavior, body language and speech with your own. Adopting some of their strategies can be a huge contributor in increasing executive presence.

Strike a balance

Behaving as an executive in the workplace requires the necessary balance of leadership skills, ability to listen, ability to exert authority and ability to delegate tasks. Striking the right balance can be difficult however once achieved, it will provide exceptional workplace results.

Attend workshops

If executive presence is something that does not come naturally to you, workshops can teach you the skills that you need to increase it. Learning how to behave like an executive can involve making minor changes to your appearance, such as investing in a smarter jacket, wearing unique accessories or adopting a sophisticated hairstyle. Making minor differences to the way that you look will impact significantly on the way that you feel, meaning that your confidence will exude. With enhanced confidence, your ideas will be taken more seriously and overall, you will gain greater respect from your employees.

Learn how to be more assertive

Being assertive brings more confidence and stops people from taking advantage of you. If executives are lacking in assertiveness skills, there are a number of ways to improve their assertiveness levels. As with the above example, learning how to be more assertive can be achieved by attending assertiveness workshops. There are also numerous resources available (books, e-books or online articles) that give advice and guidance to people who wish to be more assertive in the workplace. Once the necessary skills have been acquired, they must be continually put into practice.



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