Very few people have the ability to take command of a room the moment they walk into it. Interestingly enough, they don’t call attention to themselves or realize they’re even doing it. This is called executive presence. It’s been described as that “it” factor or the je ne sais quoi that makes an excellent leader.
Some will argue that executive presence is something that you are born with. However, the special few who possess it will humbly say that they don’t believe they have it. While it’s true that there is much about executive presence that is innate, aspiring leaders can still study their traits and work towards acquiring them for themselves. The following are 6 behaviors and traits that those with executive presence possess:
1. Confidence and Composure
Those with strong executive presence have the ability to control their emotions and sense emotions in others, helping the manage their response. Rather than react, they act. They remain calm and graceful under pressure and are not easily rattled.
2. Emotional Intelligence
Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify, understand, and assess not just your emotions but others. Leaders who have emotional intelligence are compassionate, self-aware, authentic, and intuitive. Because they possess all these, they are also effective and empathic communicators.
Those with executive presence are charismatic communicators. They blend confidence, humility, compassion, humor, and positive body language to attract people. Because they are often verbally eloquent and can articulate their vision, people connect with them on a profound and emotional level.
4. Transparency and Humility
People are drawn to those with executive presence because they are genuine. When one is straightforward, comfortable in their own skin, and honest about their flaws, they become more relatable and trustworthy. There is something endearing about the willingness to make mistakes and admit to fears and uncertainties.
People trust those who do what they say. They respect those who stand by their convictions and whose values cannot be shaken. They are consistent and deeply committed to doing the right thing for the right reason. People are drawn to integrity because it is a trait that they feel eludes them. And so when they see it in others, they follow them hoping to be inspired to make better personal choices.
6. Signature Style
Leaders who have executive presence have a style that is entirely their own. They do not need to imitate or mimic other great leaders. It could be their mannerisms, the passionate way they talk about their advocacy or their sense of humor. There is something special that differentiates them. For many high-performing leaders, this style becomes the reputation that precedes them.
While humility is essential to great leadership; sometimes being too humble can get in the way of you unlocking your potential. Because confidence is another key trait for leadership, you should have a healthy balance of the two.
That being said, we believe that many people have the potential to be excellent leaders and just haven’t realized it yet. We believe we can help. With over 30 years of experience, we empower executives to overcome obstacles that lead to improved personal performance. Let’s connect and talk about how to transform you into the leader you are meant to be: firstname.lastname@example.org