This guest post is written by Joel Garfinkle, the author of Executive Presence: Step Into Your Power, Convey Confidence, & Lead With Conviction.
Executive presence is an elusive quality. When it’s lacking, you notice. A leader who lacks executive presence stands out for all the wrong reasons, sabotaging their presence and power.
I asked over 1,400 leaders which behaviors most undermine executive presence, and the survey results revealed these 4 behaviors:
- Too verbose
4 signs you lack executive presence and how to earn it back:
#1. Tentative decision-making.
Earn executive presence by taking the plunge.
Make decisions once you have close to 70% of the information Within that window, you have enough info to make an educated decision, but you’re not waiting so long you’re stalling.
#2. Rarely speaking up.
Leaders inspire confidence when they speak up appropriately. Set a goal for how many times to speak in a meeting.
You could decide to speak up three times:
- Make a comment you prepared ahead of time.
- Ask a question.
- Voice a thought that comes to mind in the moment.
With practice, speaking up well comes naturally.
#3. Unassertive and passive behavior.
Earn executive presence by presenting ideas assertively and persuasively.
Great ideas – presented poorly – languish in a headwind created by feeble presentations. If your idea is worthy, give it the opportunity to make a splash instead of a fizzle.
#4. Rambling on and on.
You undermine executive presence when you compulsively speak with no clear purpose.
Pause to accentuate key points.
Rushing and rambling devalues ideas. Well-placed pauses add eloquence to your speech. In between pauses, stick to the most essential points instead of going down one side tangent after another.
Earn a new level of respect by:
- Making timely decisions.
- Speaking up intentionally.
- Presenting assertively.
- Pausing after key points.
Which of the above suggestions do you find most relevant?
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Joel Garfinkle is the author of Executive Presence: Step Into Your Power, Convey Confidence, & Lead With Conviction. Subscribe to his YouTube Channel which has 200+ actionable 2-minute inspirational video clips and visit his website for 300+ articles on leadership development. You can reach him directly at Joel@GarfinkleExecutiveCoaching.com