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Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success

Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Rosalind Ashford

Hewlett and Ashford define executive presence as the combination of self-awareness, personal impact, and gravitas. It offers strategies for enhancing executive presence by building self-confidence, effective communication, and developing a strong personal brand.

Key takeaways include the importance of gravitas, communication, and appearance in commanding respect and inspiring confidence. Executive presence encompasses substance and leadership abilities. It can be cultivated through self-awareness, learning, and practice. The book highlights the significance of executive presence for career success, especially for women and minorities. Practical tips are provided, such as improving public speaking, body language, and adapting communication to diverse audiences. The author emphasizes the need for collective action to foster inclusivity and equal opportunities. Real-life examples demonstrate how executive presence can drive organizational change.


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