When it comes to being an executive, efficiency is the name of the game. Executives need to find new ways to make the businesses that they run more productive, because productivity drives growth that benefits everyone—customers and employees alike. Most people know that executives are tasked with managing employee roles and a company’s day to day operations. But unfortunately, many still have an idealized vision of how an executive simply barks orders to get things done. While executives are certainly in a leading role, their jobs are much more nuanced and relationship based than that. One of the methods to improve productivity can be found in improved executive presence. Leading executives are increasingly hiring certified, professional Executive Coaches who have the skill and expertise to help take an executive presence and business productivity to the next level.
In order to improve executive presence, you first have to know what it is. Executive presence is often called leadership presence—it’s the qualities that make people turn to someone for leadership. While many believe leadership qualities and executive presence to be “innate” skills that one is “born with,” that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Executives can improve their executive presence through acknowledging their strengths and weaknesses, working with executive coaches, and studying other successful leaders. Executive coaches work with executives on things such as improving conversational skills, cultivating character and authenticity, being focused on the needs of the group, showing empathy, and asking for feedback. The best leaders have great working relationships with their employees and are constantly working with them to find out how they can become more effective.
Executives with a strong leadership presence have better business productivity. When employees know that their boss wants to build a positive relationship, help them build their own skills, and help them become more effective at their jobs, they are apt to work harder. When an executive practices empathy and wants their employees to hold him or her accountable, those employees feel a sense of ownership and also hold themselves accountable. An executive presence is something that anyone can have if they decide to work at it. The benefits are many, both on a personal and a professional level. Executive coaches are helping more executives than ever get the most out of their businesses by teaching how to improve executive presence.
Regina Fasold is a seasoned Executive Coach and Leadership Expert. Her extensive professional background and her 10+ years of experience as a Global Executive Coach have allowed her to assist over 300 senior executives in corporations throughout the United States and in over 25 countries around the world.