“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” — Jim Rohn
If you desire to move to the top ranks of leadership in the workplace, it takes a lot to build your credibility and a track record of success. Indeed, in today’s flatter organizations, leaders need to stand out. Research from the Center for Talent Innovation, October 2012, states that executive presence accounted for 26% of what it takes to get promoted according to senior executives. While companies have started noticing their talent needs to have executive presence to get ahead, that doesn’t mean the leaders have it or even know what to do about it. One organization we worked with recently came to this conclusion as they implemented their succession planning initiative. They discovered more than 40% of their identified candidates (both men and women) were missing one key element: executive presence.