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Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success

Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Rosalind Ashford

At a glance:

The book defines executive presence as a combination of self-awareness, personal impact, and gravitas. It provides strategies for developing and enhancing one's executive presence, including building self-confidence, communicating effectively, and developing a strong personal brand.

Key takeaways:

- Sylvia Ann Hewlett states that executive presence is a combination of three elements: Gravitas (the ability to command respect and inspire confidence), Communication (the ability to articulate ideas clearly and persuasively), and Appearance (the ability to present oneself in a polished and professional manner).

- Executive presence is not just about appearance or charisma, but also about substance and the ability to lead and inspire.

- Executive presence can be developed through a combination of self-awareness, learning, and practice.

- Executive presence is a critical factor in career success, particularly for women and minorities who may face additional barriers in the workplace.

- The book provides practical tips and techniques for developing executive presence, such as honing public speaking skills, working on body language, and understanding how to communicate effectively with different audiences.

- The author argues that executive presence is not only a matter of personal achievement, but it also requires collective action to create a culture of inclusion and fair opportunities.

- The author also provides real-life examples of how executive presence can be used to influence and lead change in organizations.


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