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Sylvia Ann Hewlett teaches how to achieve executive presence


Are you "leadership material?" More importantly, do others perceive you to be? Sylvia Ann Hewlett, author and noted expert on workplace power and influence, shows you how to identify and embody the Executive Presence (EP) that you need to succeed in her new book, Executive Presence.

"You can have the experience and qualifications of a leader, but without executive presence, you won't advance," explains Hewlett. "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.

The book includes insights, analysis, and practical advice for both men and women, and it features illustrative examples from executives learning to use the EP.

Hewlett is the author of ten Harvard Business Review articles and ten critically acclaimed books, including When the Bough Breaks (winner of a Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award), Off-Ramps and On-Ramps (named as one of the best business books of 2007 by, and Winning the War for Talent in Emerging Markets.