Explore how high EP leaders tend to stay poised and self-assured even under stress, duress, challenge, conflict, and confrontation. Just like the specific thinking pattern of being able to adopt certain types of perspectives (often when others fail to do so), high EP leaders adopt a certain emotional stance---poise---even when, and especially when, others lose theirs. It's a key differentiator. Factors that drive others off-balance emotionally steer high EP leaders into a solid, centered emotional state.
- In my executive presence research, … I show video clips of public figures … and ask people to rate them. … A person that almost everyone agrees … exhibits strong executive presence is Colin Powell, … former U.S. Secretary of State. … He epitomizes the second key factor … that drives executive presence, … the emotional factor, poise. … My friend, Mark Goldston, shared with me … an example he saw in person, … when Powell was speaking about leadership … to 8000 people at a conference. … Powell took questions after his speech, … and a person blindsided him with a disrespectful, … entirely irrelevant, even cruel question … that had nothing to do with Powell's topic. … The person asked, "I understand your wife … "has been in treatment for mental instability. … "Would you like to comment on that?" … There was a gasp in the audience, … and then silence. … It's the sort of moment that has ruined the reputation … of many public figures, who either … overreact and appear unhinged, or underreact …
- Inner and outer factors for executive presence
- How to think about yourself and others
- Being emotionally proactive
- Getting things done
- Action patterns of leaders with executive presence