Summary of All the Leader You Can Be

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When most businesspeople try to define “executive presence,” they say, “I know it when I see it!” A formal definition of executive presence might not matter to everyone, but managers stymied in their quest for promotion need to know what to do if their bosses think they lack this crucial quality. Unable to articulate a more concrete reason for blocking your path, bosses likely think, “I can’t promote you because you’re missing a special quality, but I can’t tell you what it is.” Consultant Suzanne Bates helpfully explains the essence of executive presence, why it matters and how you can develop it. She breaks executive presence down into three “dimensions” with 15 behavioral “facets.” getAbstract recommends her insightful, practical manual as a helpful backgrounder for ambitious executives, start-up founders seeking investors and HR hiring officers wondering how to define what they know they’re seeking. 

In this summary, you will learn

  • What “executive presence” requires,
  • How to master its three primary “dimensions” and 15 main behavioral “facets,” and
  • How cultivating your executive presence can boost your career.    
 

About the Author

Bates Communications CEO Suzanne Bates is an author, coach for CEOs and leadership expert. She also wrote Speak Like a CEO, Discover Your CEO Brand and Motivate Like a CEO.

 

Summary

A Bigger Stage

Every time an executive’s career advances, the stage he or she must fill gets bigger and the stakes grow larger. The traits that worked for an executive in the past may not prove sufficient at higher levels. The challenge of a new role or promotion – an “inflection point” – calls for “executive presence,” or “the ability to influence, engage, align, mobilize and inspire people to act.”

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