De-Constructing Executive Presence – HBR

Interesting read  — for the aspiring CEOs out there.  Why do some get chosen but others who seem to be equally qualified are passed over time and again?

Excerpt:  If you ask a group of managers who aspire to the C-suite what it takes to get there, they’ll invariably mention executive presence, but they aren’t always so clear about what it means. Not too long ago I conducted a series of off-the-record interviews with senior executives responsible for executive placement in their organizations. I asked them about the “make or break” factors they consider in making C-suite promotion decisions. Executive presence was one of the handful of decision criteria they cited, but even these experienced executives struggled to define what it is and why one person has it and another doesn’t. In an increasingly diverse world where senior executives are no longer all 6 foot 2 inch tall males who look they were sent from central casting, what does it take to create a commanding executive presence? The right clothes? A firm handshake? Those matter, but they don’t tell the whole story.

Read full article via De-Constructing Executive Presence – John Beeson – Harvard Business Review.

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