Rising Leaders Program

Enhancing Your Executive Presence and Building Your Leadership Profile

As you progress into positions of greater responsibility, the demands for delivering exceptional results for the organization intensify. These objectives are typically quantifiable and closely linked to both your individual performance and the collective achievements of your team. Additionally, there exist equally significant but often unexpressed expectations regarding executive presence and your unique leadership approach. These expectations, unlike measurable goals, lack clear definition, consistency across stakeholders, and recognition when successfully met. In this CAP, we will outline the key elements of executive presence and how you can elevate your presence in your organization. 


Executive Presence is not just a nice-to-have skill, but a critical factor for career success and advancement. As 26% of professionals attest, possessing the ability to project gravitas, confidence, and pose under pressure can make all the difference in one's career trajectory. In fact, more than 50% of what it takes to get promoted to senior leadership roles can be attributed to executive presence."

- Center for Talent Innovation

Expected Outcomes

By the end of this CAP, you will be able to...

  •  Articulate a clear definition of executive presence 
  • Identify areas for improvement in your own executive presence and develop an action plan 
  • Identify nonverbal cues that convey confidence and credibility
  • Plan and facilitate effective meetings that convey executive presence

This CAP is for you if...

  • You want to rise into a position of leadership
  • You want to have influence and credibility in your leadership role 
  • You have been provided with feedback that you need to work on your executive presence 

Growth & Learning

We’ve done the research so you don’t have to. Explore these valuable resources from the best experts in the field

2 minutes

Elevating your Executive Presence: Mastering the Five Key Elements

Insights from HTN: Gain valuable insights on the five crucial components of executive presence and learn how to enhance your presence within your organization to achieve professional excellence.


15 minutes

Body Language and Executive Presence

Insights from HTN: This article emphasizes the significance of body language in presentations  and offers practical tips to improve it. By being intentional about your movements when presenting  you can enhance your impact, build credibility, and effectively engage your audience. 


2 minutes

Communication Techniques to Enhance Your Executive Presence

Insights from HTN: This article provides practical advice to improve communication skills and avoid common mistakes that damage executive presence. By focusing on engaging the audience, knowing their needs and interests, providing thoughtful answers to questions, and avoiding distracting filler words, speakers can enhance their credibility and effectively convey their message. 


2 minutes

Get Feedback on Your Image from a Trusted Colleague

Insights from ECS: This article emphasizes the importance of getting feedback on personal image to effectively project the desired professional image. By communicating the desired image and asking for feedback on attire, grooming, mannerisms, personal assets, and personal branding, individuals can make intentional changes that align with their goals and enhance their executive presence. 


15 minutes

How to Get Executive Presence

TED Talk: Learn about executive presence from Executive Coach Melanie Espeland who imparts her expertise gained from working with influential professionals across various industries. Gain valuable insights on projecting authority, confidence, and poise, and discover the key elements of executive presence that will enable you to command attention and elevate your professional impact.


2 minutes

Enhancing Executive Presence through Effective Team Meeting Management

Insights from HTN: Learn how to exude executive presence and run highly productive team meetings with these essential strategies. From starting meetings on time and crafting accomplishment-oriented agendas to controlling ancillary discussions, discover the key practices that will help you establish your leadership presence and drive impactful outcomes. 


Put Into Practice

It’s time to put what you learned into real-world practice. Here are a few steps you can take

Define your values

Define your personal values and think about how they can embody them in your professional life. Reflect on your experiences and influences and what values you want to be known for. 

Worksheet: Define your Values

Manage your personal image

Manage your personal image by assessing your attire, grooming, mannerisms, personal assets, and personal branding. Align these elements with the image they want to convey in different professional situations. 


Worksheet: Enhancing How Others See You

Worksheet: Get Feedback From a Trusted Colleague

Practice effective communication

Practice effective communication by improving your small group and large group communication skills, leading productive meetings, and delivering inspirational messages. Focus on key elements of communication such as tone, style, and nonverbal cues. 


Schedule a call with your Executive Careers Strategist

  • Refine your personal strategy
  • Get feedback on the work you put into practice
  • Learn other related techniques and strategies