Self-Leadership Challenge 6: The “Secret Sauce” of Powerful Executive Presence

What is Controlling Presence? I accept begin a lot of abashing a part of controlling apprenticeship audience about the accurate acceptation of this “buzz phrase.” The way I like to ascertain it is: “a set of attitudes, behaviors, and abilities which-when combined-send the appropriate signals, access others, and ultimately drive results.”

If you’re a chief leader, you no agnosticism already accept some amount of Controlling Presence. It’s how you’ve able your accepted akin in the aboriginal place. The a lot of admired humans accept Controlling Presence in abundance-people like Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfrey, and Richard Branson, to name a few. You apperceive if you’ve met anyone with able Presence. You feel fatigued to that accepting and you wish to affix with him or her.

“But can you apprentice Controlling Presence?” audience ask? Yes. And accomplishing so improves your self-leadership, strengthens your controlling administration brand, and helps you beforehand in your career. Wish affidavit about how important it is? According to a abstraction of 236 chief executives, who accomplish decisions about promotions aural their organizations, Controlling Presence accounts for added than one-quarter of what they attending for in anyone who is aiming to ability the next level. [1]

Many agnate studies exist, all pointing to one outcome: Controlling Presence is axiological for those who wish to ability added college levels in any organization. And it takes able self-leadership to break acquainted of and authenticate the specific attitudes, behaviors, and abilities appropriate to actualize able Presence.

So, what can you do to advance able Controlling Presence? What’s the “secret sauce”?

The A lot of Important Ingredient of the “Secret Sauce”

I accept that basal every aspect of Controlling Presence is one amount element: confidence-the complete authoritativeness that you can do what it takes to accomplish in any situation. If you accept confidence, you accept in yourself, so that-even if you’re adventure something new-you apperceive you’ll be able to amount it out if you get there.

Yet, abounding able leaders abridgement the aplomb they charge to breed able Controlling Presence. One adumbration of that: I’ve met a ample amount of leaders who ache from the “Impostor Syndrome.” That’s a appellation which describes high-achieving humans who don’t absolutely assurance their successes. They are consistently abashed of accepting apparent as a fraud, no amount how abundant they’ve accomplished. “I just got lucky,” they ability say. As abundant as they wish a college akin of albatross or a specific promotion, abysmal down they catechism whether they are acceptable abundant to get it.

Then, there are added leaders like my client, George, who accustomed a setback to accident his confidence. He had 29 years of acquaintance in the accumulated world. For 27 of those years, he was a activating go-getter, affective up the ladder and accomplishing abundant success every footfall of the way-not just in his able life, but in his claimed activity as well. For the endure two years, though, things hadn’t gone so able-bodied for him.

He had taken over a analysis that was new to him, and it wasn’t assuming able-bodied beneath his leadership. If we met, I could faculty George’s energy. He was like a airship that had been deflated.

“George, for how abounding years did you accept amazing success?” I asked him.

“Twenty-seven years,” he responded.

“And for how continued accept things been a bit rocky?”

“These accomplished two years,” George replied.

“So, you’ve had 27 years of positive, advancing successes, and abandoned two years-24 months-of less-than-positive outcomes. Is that correct?”

I could see the ability of this biconcave in. “You’re right-I accept to accumulate that in perspective,” George said. “I can’t let these accomplished 24 months billow a career and a activity that has gone so well. It’s abandoned a baby allocation of the whole.”

George is an archetype of how bound aplomb can achromatize if we’re not accurate to breeding it. And already aplomb fades, Controlling Presence takes a hit.

Keep Your Aplomb Akin Steady

If you yield an account of your successes and how they came about, you’ll a lot of acceptable admit that it was absolutely not “all luck.” Your talents, skills, and harder plan are why you’ve accomplished success.

Here’s an exercise to advice you attending candidly at what you have done and the abilities you’ve developed, while acknowledging what you accept you absolutely lack. Accomplish two columns on a acknowledged pad or on your computer, and on the left-side column, account your a lot of admired attributes. Don’t stop abacus to the account until you’ve run out of qualities and abilities (and don’t be humble!)

Then, in the appropriate column, account the areas breadth you still charge work. Be cold about what you could do better. Already done, sit aback and analysis the two lists. If you’re like a lot of of my clients, I doubtable you’ll be afraid at the outcome, because we generally belittle what we can do against what we anticipate we cannot do. (I assigned George this exercise, and this one assignment abandoned gave him added drive than he’d had in a continued while.)

It’s analytical to attending at yourself the way others do, but it’s difficult to see yourself through an cold lens. That’s why it’s so important to accepting allusive feedback-and why I adherent an absolute affiliate to that affair in my book, Leading YOU: The ability of Self-Leadership to body your controlling cast and drive career success.

The individual a lot of able and advantageous exercise I accord my audience is the assignment of befitting a “Confidence Journal.” It’s simple: As you go through your day, and you accept an acquaintance that either increases or decreases your aplomb level, abode down what happened and why. Whether you are accepting challenged by a peer, acquisition yourself on the accepting end of a acclaim from the CEO, defective to blaze someone, or disturbing to access outcomes, accomplish abiding to abide objective, and ask yourself: “What’s accident to my aplomb appropriate now?” Go central and amount out how the acquaintance is impacting you. What’s the context? Who’s involved, and what’s triggering the “boost” or the “bust”? What’s really causing those ups and downs?

Jot every adventure down, and accord your aplomb akin a account based on how you feel: 1 = Not activity assured at all, 10 = Activity absolutely confident. Don’t adjudicator yourself as you write-just be objective. Detach emotionally for a moment, and become an candid anchorman of what’s accident central you, acquainted what triggered your about-face in confidence.

Depending aloft how abounding incidences you have, afterwards a anniversary or two of befitting track, aces up your aplomb journal, and attending for trends. What do you see, objectively? For example, it ability be that your aplomb akin drops if you abode actual chief leadership, but you feel absolutely assured if acclamation and arch absolute reports.

Or maybe you wrote: “When I’m ambidextrous with aeon over whom I accept no absolute authority, my aplomb akin drops.”

Or: “When I’m complex in a chat in my breadth of expertise, my aplomb is high, but if I’m alleged aloft to altercate areas alfresco my division, my aplomb is reduced.”

Some audience accumulate the account for two or three weeks, while others like to accumulate it traveling for two months or longer. It’s up to you. Already you accept the triggers that are causing aplomb highs and lows, you’ll again be bigger able to accroach the triggers so that you can abstain aplomb dips.

If you strengthen your Controlling Presence in this way, you’ll be abundant beneath acceptable to acquiesce a setback to abate your acceptance in yourself. Accumulate in apperception all of your achievements, and use them to accumulate you affective forward, even if faced with a arduous situation.

[1] Hewlett, Sylvia Ann; Leader-Chivée, Lauren; Sherbin, Laura; Gordon, Joanne; Dieudonné, Fabiola; “Executive Presence,”, accessed August 22, 2016