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The Power of Gravitas: Finding Your Executive Presence


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When we don't feel confident and comfortable in a situation, it's hard to perform at our best. Here are ten ways to hone your gravitas skills and show up with the presence to navigate any situation.

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The Power of Gravitas: Finding Your Executive Presence

  1. 1. The Power of Gravitas: Show up with Confidence to Make a Difference Leadership Strategies with Hilary Potts 2018 © The HAP Group, All Rights Reserved
  2. 2. Do you lack confidence or do negative thoughts stop you from fully contributing in meetings? Would you like to increase your gravitas and cultivate executive presence? Check out what may be getting in your way and how to foster gravitas and improve your executive presence.
  3. 3. What is Gravitas?
  4. 4. • Carry and express yourself with confidence and authority. • Share ideas to influence others for positive outcomes. • Demonstrate your unique value and convey ideas. Gravitas is about knowing how to…
  5. 5. Mistake #1 Don’t be marginalized because you think someone else is smarter or acting like they know more than you. This is not the time to act like a shrinking violet. Know and trust what you have to offer and present your ideas clearly and succinctly.
  6. 6. Mistake #2 Likewise, be careful not to monopolize the conversation and play the “know it all.” Instead, share your insights in ways that others can contribute to the discussion.
  7. 7. Mistake #3 Notice if you start to use filler language and trite phrases such as; “ums,” “ahs,” “like,” “To be honest,” “In my opinion.” Better to pause and take a deep breath to collect your thoughts.
  8. 8. Mistake #4 Have you ever felt pushed off balance, by a conversation, your negative thoughts, or anxieties? Focus less on yourself and more on conveying information and solving problems.
  9. 9. Mistake #5 Actions speak louder than words. Crossing your arms, sitting too far forward or back, walking too fast into and out of the room all convey subtle messages which should all match your intentions.
  10. 10. Elements of Gravitas Gravitas is a skill that anyone can develop. Here are ten (10) elements to enhance your presence and gravitas.
  11. 11. 1) Communications
  12. 12. Communications • More than 80% of what we say is through our non-verbal's. • Communicate with energy and passion and advance the discussion. • Get others talking and sharing by asking insightful and varied questions.
  13. 13. 2) Appearance
  14. 14. Appearance • Dress for the role and show up ready to work. Your physical appearance will convey how you wish to be treated. • Observe yourself in situations and recognize how you are impacting the discussions. • Stay cool and maintain grace under fire.
  15. 15. 3) Judgment
  16. 16. Judgment • Shed the need to be right or correct others. Know your value and be judicious how you assert yourself. • Handle delicate situations with objectivity. • Seek input from others and include them in the decision- making process.
  17. 17. 4) Confidence
  18. 18. Confidence • Realize your value and your worth. Be confident but not arrogant. • Monitor yourself and adapt to different situations. • Recognize you have nothing to prove. Reframe negative thoughts to positive actions.
  19. 19. 5) Decisiveness
  20. 20. Decisiveness • Assess all sides of the situation. Look at options and move to a decision and then take immediate action. • Find your voice and help others express their views to make sound business decisions. • Be calm under fire and able to recommend a way forward.
  21. 21. 6) Integrity & Truthfulness
  22. 22. Integrity & Truthfulness • Find your voice and share insights with a balance of logic and emotion in ways others can understand. • Build trust and credibility by sharing facts and data. • Speak so others can listen. Listen so others can speak.
  23. 23. 7) Emotional Intelligence
  24. 24. Emotional Intelligence • Be aware of the impact your actions have on others. • Recognize your own and others emotions will play a role in the discussions. • Deftly navigate personal agendas and organizational politics.
  25. 25. 8) Reputation & Standing
  26. 26. Reputation & Standing • Be comfortable in the value of your contribution. • Know your strengths, and your vulnerabilities, and potential blind spots. • Be humble while sharing your expertise.
  27. 27. 9) Perspective & Vision
  28. 28. Perspective & Vision • Work to see all sides of an issue, especially if you have a bias. Preconceived notions can lead to inaccurate answers. • Be able to articulate your vision and perspective succinctly and in layman’s terms. • • Help the team formulate a perspective and vision for the future.
  29. 29. 10) Handle Situations
  30. 30. Handle Situations • Surface issues and problems early. • Resolve potential conflicts versus adding to the issues • Identify what is unspoken in the conversation and ask, “where should we head with this?” •
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  32. 32. For more information contact: Hilary Potts The HAP Group © The HAP Group, All Rights Reserved