Discover the key attributes that demonstrate the Leadership X Factor: from visual appearance, tone, and presentation skills to relatability and managing emotions.
- Some people call it the leadership x-factor, others describe it as executive presence. No matter what you call it, we all recognize it when we see it, and its impact is undeniable. In this video, we'll take a closer look at executive presence and the traits associated with it. And then, I'll share with you some tips to help you begin adding the elusive x-factor to your own personal brand. First, what is executive presence? Admittedly, it's tough to define, but we see it in people who exhibit an image, demeanor, and behaviors that instantly communicate leadership.
People with executive presence speak and present with ease and influence. They use diplomacy and tact, they project self-assurance, and manage their emotional reactions. They can command attention in a room without saying a word. Taking this to the next level? People with executive presence have an uncanny ability to balance attributes that seem to be opposites. They actually combine them for greater impact. Many times, revered leaders are both strong and vulnerable, decisive but flexible, strategic yet creative, outgoing but simultaneously introspective.
Visualize the leader who takes the stage to announce the release of a revolutionary new product that will set a whole new standard for the industry. She's brimming with confidence, and yet artfully sharing the credit with every member on her team who contributed to the success. People who master this balancing act rise quickly to the top of the corporate ladder, but they also inspire great teamwork and loyalty, which is why executive presence matters.
Organizations are hungry for leaders who can command that kind of admiration and respect. Those with the influence to attract loyal followers who will support their causes and their goals. It's not something that shows up on resumes, but it's definitely the deciding factor when top executives are choosing the leaders who will take the company into the future. Executive presence is what seals the deal. So, here's the million dollar question, how can you acquire and incorporate executive presence? I've got good news for you, if you've already committed to increasing your self-awareness and emotional intelligence, you're way ahead of the game.
These two things are the threads that run through the entire fabric of executive presence. Beyond that, let me share some things you can do to be seen as someone with executive presence. Make sure you look and sound like a leader. Use a strong voice, excellent eye contact, are articulate speech. Remember the importance of being impeccably groomed and selecting situationally appropriate clothing. Increase your relatability.
Work hard to put others at ease. Make an effort relate well to people at every level and from all walks of life. Be sensitive and patient when it comes to the varying levels of confidence or knowledge. Keep in mind the importance of balance and look for ways to make others feel valued. Boost your persuasion skills. Spend the time necessary to gather stakeholder input and build a strong business case. Know your audience.
Understand their needs and demonstrate how your goals align with theirs to get stronger buy-in. Use concise and efficient communication to make your points, but be prepared with additional details as needed. Use a flexible interactive approach. Pay close attention to reactions and responses of your audience. Try to master the art of reading them so you can make subtle changes to increase your effectiveness. Perhaps you detect a more logical or emotional approach would have a greater impact.
You can shift your tone, pace, or even the message to help ensure that your communication results in a positive outcome. Executive presence is remarkably powerful, and as you work toward being seen as a true leader it could be your secret weapon.
- Looking and sounding like a leader
- Increasing your emotional intelligence
- Becoming a thought leader
- Expanding your strategic scope
- Viewing challenges with a fresh lens
- Improving your decision-making skills
- Cultivating conditions for team success
- Building meaningful connections