Cultivating “Executive Presence”
You’ve missed out on a promotion, even though you were told you’re technically competent and good at what you do. You ask for feedback and are told you lack “executive presence”, but no-one tells you what that is, and how you to cultivate it. Sylvia Ann Hewlett describes Executive Presence as “ the missing link between merit and success”. It’s a combination of verbal and non-verbal signals that a person needs to send to the leadership of the organization, and encompasses things such as your handshake, eye contact, gait, speech, empathy, posture, etc. Hixonia Nyasulu chats to 2 Executives about this X factor.
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