Do You Have Executive Presence?

The secret ingredient for success

In the professional world, there are some people who simply stand out from the crowd. Those who can effortlessly command a room and engage other people. Those whose confidence and charisma projects the air of a natural leader. What do these people have that others don’t? Executive presence.

Executive presence is what makes others perceive you as being a professional leader. This quality has gotten increasing attention. In a recent survey, executive presence was ranked number two on the list of top 20 leadership traits that make a difference. In a separate survey, 268 senior executives said that executive presence counts for 26% of what it takes to get promoted.

So what exactly is executive presence and how do you develop it? According to Business Insider, the 7 traits of executive presence are:

  • Composure
  • Connection
  • Charisma
  • Confidence
  • Credibility
  • Clarity
  • Conciseness


One thing that many of these traits have in common is they are rooted in communication. Improving your verbal and non-verbal professional communication skills allows you to project composure and confidence and connect with others. Honing your speaking skills allows you to communicate in a clear, concise manner. If you’re unable to communicate with clarity, confidence, and professionalism, your skills and knowledge may be overlooked simply because you don’t seem like leadership material. Improve your communication skills, and executive presence will follow.



At Corporate Speech Solutions, we provide speech and communication training that will give you the ability to present with clarity and confidence. Want to learn more? Give us a call and see how Corporate Speech Solutions can take your career to the next level! Call us at 212-308-7725 or send us an e-mail at to learn more. I’d be more than happy to answer any questions you might have!

If your communication skills are holding you back from professional success and you want to make your communication skills your most powerful professional tool, make sure to pick up a free copy of my e-book “Communicate with Clarity and Confidence!” by subscribing to our newsletter community on our website. In this free resource, I break down the myriad factors that contribute to confident communication and guide you through how to use each aspect to your advantage.

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