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So what gives people gravitas? “A sense of weight, importance and power,” said Brett. “Someone serious, whose words you listen to, someone you trust and respect.” And those who didn’t possess it? “Lightweights, people who talk too much or joke around. Or worse, the ones who spin the truth so you don’t know whether to trust them.”
• Gravitas is associated with ideas of weight, influence, or authority, and also sobriety and seriousness (From its Latin root, gravis, meaning heavy).
• Physical attributes such as height, attractiveness, and tone and volume of voice can lend gravitas to the way people carriy themselves or make themselves present.
• It can be a combination of good judgment, authority, personal power, and the ability to speak the truth and command respect.
• Roles can often provide gravitas, such as CFO, Risk Manager, or Ethical Officer.
• Gravitas can be the result of great communication or networking skills. You know when to use relationships and leverage the authority of others.
• Crises reveal people with gravitas and expose those who lack it.
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