Executive Presence : Assessment, Coaching, Training

Emotions and Leadership Language

Leaders experience many emotions; In fact, emotional experiencing helps senior leaders walk into a high stakes meeting with the emotional space needed. We asked 47 CXOs what emotions they prefer to ace high-stakes meetings. Here is a list of top 27 Positive emotions they evoke before, during, and after a meeting / high-stakes conversation. 

Of course, you need the space and time to rehearse and reflect on your own emotions, which will allow you to engage in a positive way with others, even in high-stakes business meetings. These are inherently leadership skills; vital in becoming the best version of yourself – and bringing this to your next meeting.

Hollywood method acting is a training and rehearsal technique that seeks to encourage sincere and expressive performances through identifying with, understanding, and experiencing a character’s inner motivation and emotions. After all, star leadership (just like great acting) is about being authentic to yourself, but also to the role you have to play. 

Action steps:

  1. Before every high-stakes meeting/presentation, please print this sheet
  2. Tick the top 3 emotions you would like to evoke during the upcoming meeting
  3. Close your eyes and spend at least 1 minute affirming each of these emotions
  4. Write the top 3 shortlisted emotions in your meeting diary or ‘post it’ and keep referring to them constantly during the meeting.
  5. The secret is to evoke 3 different emotions in every meeting to experience the whole gamut of those 27 emotions


Relationship Building

  1. Attentive
  2. Eager
  3. Curious

Social Awareness

  1. Mindful
  2. Observant
  3. Ready

Personal Magnetism

  1. Energetic
  2. Engaging
  3. Charming


Inner Dialogue

  1. Optimistic
  2. Comfortable
  3. Courageous


  1. Calm
  2. Clear
  3. Commanding

Personal Brand

  1. Trendy
  2. Connected
  3. Exclusive



  1. Reflective
  2. Appreciative
  3. Humble


  1. Relaxed
  2. Vulnerable
  3. Resilient


  1. Welcoming
  2. Kind
  3. Accepting