Executive Presence: You know it when you see it, but what EXACTLY is it? Hint: It’s not just a person’s appearance and their ability to command a room. In this session, we’ll define executive presence based on the scientific work of Suzanne Bates, which serves as the foundation for her book, All the Leader You Can Be: The Science of Achieving Extraordinary Executive Presence.
Using her research and the 15 facets that Bates uses to define presence, we’ll discuss how these traits show up (or not) during everyday meetings and informal interactions with peers, direct reports, and clients. We’ll also explore how a strength in one area can cause blind spots and weaknesses elsewhere.
NOTE: This is not about stereotypes. It’s about how you can grow your self-awareness and learn to modify behaviors to improve how you are perceived by others.