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Executive Presence

Executive Presence

While the underlying components of the formula for executive presence(credibility + ease/ego) are universal, a strong or effective executive presence might look different from one individual, situation, or culture to the next.

People should think of the pieces that make up these components as dials on an instrument panel. Depending on the circumstance, you can turn some dials up and others down.


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Credibility has one important piece: expertise in your role.No level of executive presence can compensate for a lack of ability.

You need to be able to communicate your credibility to others. So once you’re sure you know your stuff, how can you work to better convey that?

  • Avoid a monotone delivery.
  • Avoid using too many filler words—“er,” “um,” “uh”—which can be distracting from the message you’re trying to convey.
  • Make sure you aren’t fidgeting or using “props” in a meeting.


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As with credibility, ease also has several foundational elements. These include making sure you are eating and sleeping well, having social support, and are making time for movement in your day. These things will help build your capacity for resilience under stress.

Other ways to convey ease include connecting with those you work with, avoiding emotional outbursts, listening well, maintaining eye contact, as well as authenticity, which signals “a sense of self-assurance.”


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With ego, the focus is on true confidence and true humility.

With ego being the denominator in the executive-presence formula, you don’t want to have a minuscule ego, nor do you want an oversized one, since both a negative number and a giant number will mean an erosion of the credibility and ease that you’ve worked to convey.


  • Stop thinking about yourself too much.
  • A focus on doing good work is what will ultimately determine how your peers or your boss or your clients think of you.


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