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Why do some people get ahead and others do not?

That’s the thought-provoking question addressed by authors Kim Zoller and Kerry Preston in the book “Enhancing Your Executive Edge.”

According to the authors, what distinguishes those who succeed in moving up the ladder is their “executive edge,” a presence that projects leadership, confidence, and credibility. I couldn’t agree more![…] Continue Reading »

I define leadership presence as the “right stuff of leadership,” and, by doing so, I embrace a holistic concept.

By that definition, presence encompasses conviction, authority and power — and the application of them through a leader’s actions and words.

You might consider presence as defined by three verbs: be, do, review.

Leadership embraces activism; it is the outcome of a purposeful pursuit of goals.[…] Continue Reading »

To increase your chances of getting a promotion, wise career coaches often advise you to dress like you have the job you want, not the one you have.

Why is dress so important? Well, the clothes still don’t make the wo/man, but often they do help you feel like you’re ready for that big step. And it’s that feeling — of confidence and readiness — that communicates most powerfully about your ability in the moments after the person across the meeting table notices your new outfit.[…] Continue Reading »

We all know what it takes to succeed as a leader: hard work, intelligence, determination, luck. While those may be important, it turns out that they may not even approach the impact of one other key dimension: executive presence.

In a recent study conducted by Sylvia Ann Hewlett and a team of researchers at the Center for Talent Innovation, the senior leaders surveyed listed executive presence — being perceived as leadership material — as the essential factor in determining who gets ahead in an organization.[…] Continue Reading »