Executive Presence : Assessment, Coaching, Training

Top 27 books to develop your executive presence

Executive presence is made of 3 behaviors: focus, power, and warmth. Each behavior is further understood with 3 respective characteristics. On this page, we have curated the top 3 leadership books in each of the 9 characteristics of executive presence.

Characteristics of Focus

  • Relationship Mindset
  • Social Awareness
  • Personal Magnetism

Characteristics of Power 

  • Inner Dialogue
  • Composure
  • Personal Brand

Characteristics of Warmth

  • Gratitude
  • Self Care
  • Compassion

Relationship Mindset is your ability to show interest in other people with curiosity, and listen to find commonality toward inspiring and driving people to achieve a common goal

Impact on Leadership: Leaders who do not build and display the relationship mindset miss the opportunity to gain a competitive edge by developing their most important asset — a deeper connect with their team and clients. 

Social Awareness is your ability to be present, to observe and read people and their surroundings to gain insights toward valuable business information.

Impact on Leadership: It is challenging for leaders who are not socially aware to observe actions that contain important data. Gaining insights from observation in a business conversation is far more important than just listening to what is being said. These insights help leaders to create deeper connections, avoid conflict, and influence business decisions.

Personal Magnetism is your ability to positively energize and engage people with your genuine attention to attract and charm them toward feeling delighted

Impact on Leadership: Leaders without personal magnetism tend to miss the opportunity to inspire their business stakeholders and lose out on creating magical and memorable moments with them.

Inner Dialogue is your optimistic self-talk to mindfully believe in yourself and realign to build your personal power.

Impact on Leadership: The inner dialogue that leaders have with themselves determines how much they believe in themselves and how that belief translates into confidence in a high-stakes business situation.

Composure is your ability to remain calm, have clarity, and command with grace, gravitas, tact, and decisiveness

Impact on Leadership: Leaders who lack composure find it hard to make decisions with conviction, specially in a challenging business situation.

Personal Brand is a strategic action to leverage your expertise and network to be exclusive, differentiate from the competition, and to position oneself as a thought leader.

Impact on Leadership:Leaders without a personal brand find it hard to differentiate themselves from the competition and lose the opportunity to influence stakeholders with ease.

Gratitude is to recognize contributions through reflection and appreciation with humility

Impact on Leadership: Leaders who do not express gratitude are perceived as arrogant and miss the opportunity to gain trust in business.

Self-care is the practice of mindfully prioritising your wellbeing by relaxing, displaying vulnerability, and loving yourself

Impact on Leadership: Leaders who lack energy find it hard to influence stakeholders and do not realise that it is because they have not prioritized self-care.

Compassion is your good intention to be kind to others and to uplift them toward their wellbeing and success.

Impact on Leadership: Leaders who lack compassion tend to distance themselves from diversity and inclusion and find it hard to extend themselves warmly.

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