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Young Man Tying A NecktieWhat’s the difference between executive presence and leadership presence? That’s a question that often comes up when I work with clients who are focused on improving current perceptions of their leadership readiness. During our sessions we talk about how executive presence is based on what people see when they first meet a leader—the external side; and leadership presence is based more on the leader’s point of view, character, and intentions—the internal side.

As different as executive and leadership presence can seem, I believe there is great overlap between them. Key characteristics of both are authenticity, communication, emotional intelligence, the ability to connect with others, and the ability to be present. These qualities are needed for both executive presence and leadership presence to be used effectively.

Developing Your Leadership Presence

There are certainly a great number of books and columns that will help you on your outward executive presence, but…

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