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5 tips for women to build executive presence

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5 tips for women to build executive presence

women at workThroughout 2012, whether I was “speaking” with women online or in person at an event, the topic that consistently dominated the conversation was that of executive presence – and, in particular, what were the “right” signals to demonstrate executive readiness. And, when I read that Connect members believe 2013 will mark the ascent of women in the workplace, both in the positions they hold and the number who hold them, the laser-like focus on executive presence made perfect sense.

So, what’s the secret to signal executive readiness? Here’s what I distilled from interviews with five experts in the field:

    • Raleigh Mayer: Polished personal style including physical poise, compelling communication, and social grace
    • Cary Broussard: Good listener; thoughtful decision maker; highly self-aware and emotionally intelligent
    • Leslie Grossman: Demonstrated expertise in the subject matter and confident clarity in presenting ideas; calm demeanor with no fear of speaking up in any setting; ability to listen to conflicting views dispassionately and then commenting respectfully
    • Diane Baranello: Confident, self-assured, credible and capable
    • Whitney Johnson: Regal posture and well groomed; owns her space, has an inner calmness; willing to listen but not one to give up her power; wears clothing that draws attention to her as a person, not an object; speaks confidently and doesn’t apologize

By Lindia Descano- Managing Director at Citi

 


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