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March 1, 2013

Career Coach: How To Build Up Your Executive Qualities

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— Appearance

Those with executive presence look good. Their clothing fits properly. It's clean and pressed. They look polished. They know what to wear and how to wear it. They take care of their hair, skin, teeth and nails. It's not about being flashy. It's about being professional. They realize they represent others, and they take that role seriously. They take extra time to look good every day which, in turn, helps them feel good. Attention to appearance affects confidence, attitude and energy.

— Substance

Executive presence is not an act or a role to play. It all begins with substance. Know the answers. Be the go-to person. It's almost impossible to build confidence unless you have the necessary business-related skills and credibility. Having passion for your field and your job is necessary. Love your work.

— Poise

Calm is a major building block of executive presence. When others are losing their tempers or adopting negative attitudes, those with executive presence are poised. They have the ability to take a breath in tough situations, weigh the options, and calmly determine the next steps. Those with executive presence may not always like being in a pressure cooker, but they know how to navigate one. Their poise is comforting to those around them.

— The office

Your office is an extension of you, the way people perceive you, and the way you work. A cluttered office could signal a cluttered mind. If you want to be perceived as a sharp executive and a sharp leader, then have a sharp office. Keep your desk clean. The furniture and wall hangings should support the image you hope to project. Plus, it feels good to work in a nice space.

Your executive presence is a major part of your personal brand. In today's world, a strong personal brand is an extremely important asset. So, building your executive presence is worth the effort. Start by selecting one of the elements. Work on that particular element until you feel good about it. Don't be afraid to ask for help especially from someone who has executive presence. As you work your way through the list, you will notice a change as people begin to see you in a more positive light.

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