Are you "leadership material?" More importantly, do others perceive you to be? Sylvia Ann Hewlett, a noted expert on workplace power and influence, shows you how to identify and embody the Executive Presence (EP) that you need to succeed.
You can have the experience and qualifications of a leader, but without executive presence, you won't advance. EP is an amalgam of qualities that true leaders exude, a presence that telegraphs you're in charge or deserve to be. Articulating those qualities isn't easy, however.
Based on a nationwide survey of college graduates working across a range of sectors and occupations, Sylvia Hewlett and the Center for Talent Innovation discovered that EP is a dynamic, cohesive mix of appearance, communication, and gravitas. While these elements are not equal, to have true EP, you must know how to use all of them to your advantage.
Filled with eye-opening insights, analysis, and practical advice for both men and women, mixed with illustrative examples from executives learning to use the EP, Executive Presence will help you make the leap from working like an executive to feeling like an executive.
"Clear and compassionate, Hewlett explains what it means to have executive presence and why it's essential for anyone who wishes to lead in today's uncertain and fast paced work environment. With memorable stories and examples—including the author's own first-hand experiences of getting it wrong as a young woman just starting her career—Executive Presence is both practical and compelling."
Amy C. Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School; Author of Teaming: How organizations learn, innovate and compete in the knowledge economy (Jossey-Bass, 2012)
"Sylvia Hewlett takes the mystery out of Executive Presence. In this beautifully written, data-packed book she gives you the skills and the tactics to fast track your career, no matter what your age or occupation."
Baroness Mary Goudie
"This is a powerful and urgent book for young professionals climbing the ladder. Credentials alone will not get you the next big opportunity, you also need Executive Presence – the ability to signal confidence and credibility. In this immensely readable study, replete with vivid stories as well as hard data, Sylvia Ann Hewlett tells us how to ace EP."
Sallie Krawcheck, Business Leader, 85 Broads
"Sylvia Ann Hewlett has taken some of the mystery out of the claim that "you just don't have what it takes" in this groundbreaking book on Executive Presence. Combining story after story with well-grounded research, this book provides a simple guide that will help you crack the code to career success."
Katherine W. Phillips, Paul Calello Professor of Leadership and Ethics, Columbia Business School
"Whether you are an aspiring corporate star or a seasoned veteran Sylvia Ann Hewlett's Executive Presence will captivate you—pithily written, laden with stories and grounded in the latest research. You will find a lesson that you can't wait to adopt on every page. It is the modern handbook on the art of visible leadership for which many of us have been waiting."
Trevor Phillips, Former Chairman, UK Equality and Human Rights Commission
"Sylvia Ann Hewlett is once again leading the way by examining a critical component of business success, Executive Presence. She is a master at making a vague topic clear. She demystifies the meaning of Executive Presence and provides tangible, practical advice that readers can easily use to lift their game."
Anré Williams, President, Global Merchant Services, American Express
"In this significant book, Sylvia Ann Hewlett challenges the conventional wisdom that executive presence is an innate quality that can barely be defined, much less developed. Anyone seeking to close the gap between their merit and their success could benefit from her practical, engaging, and humane advice."
Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law, NYU School of Law
"A solid guide for those looking to take their career to the next level."