By Joe Garfinkle.
Executive presence is a prerequisite for excelling at a high level. A leader with executive presence radiates gravitas and authority and has mastered the power of expression. These three core domains infuse the leader with an aura of capability.
Developing executive presence is a process that consists of developing key executive presence skills that make up three domains. You may already display some of these skills — at least in certain settings where you feel more comfortable. At the same time, you may need to strengthen your ability to show up with these skills in other contexts. For instance, you may behave differently with your team than with senior leaders.
Mastering executive presence means showing up with EP in all contexts—not just some. An executive presence evaluation will help you understand where you may be displaying a nascent executive presence, so you can build upon it across all settings.
Now, let’s evaluate your overall executive presence. For each of these contexts, ask yourself, “Would I display executive presence in this situation?”
Rate yourself on a scale of 1–10, with 10 being the highest.
How did you score? While 100 is the highest possible score, few people will achieve perfection. And you may have found that you’re stronger in some contexts than others. This gives you good information to work with in order to improve. You can make a conscious effort to enhance how you show up in those contexts where you struggle to display executive presence — ideally with the help of an experienced executive coach.
Of course, it’s possible to miss some of our own hidden strengths and weaknesses. As a next step, gain feedback from people you work with to better understand how others perceive you as well. Reflect on executive presence discussion questions to assess your own skills as well.
Joel Garfinkle provides executive presence coaching services, and he is the author of 11 books, including “Executive Presence: Step Into Your Power, Convey Confidence, & Lead With Conviction.”