[Special] 12 Ways to Project Authority and Power for Women

Are you looking for ideas on how to project authority and power as a woman in business? If you’re a regular reader of the Executive Impressions blog, you’ve probably noticed that I often write about how to project a powerful and confident image in the office. Some of my posts are written for women and they offer advice and tips for body language, professional attire, and how to use your voice to exert authority and power.

Confidence and power are two elements that get you noticed and respected in the workplace whether you’re male or female. But when it comes to learning ways to project confidence and power, women have different obstacles to overcome than men, and therefore different tips are offered.

Women want to know how to project authority and confidence, not only for presentations, but also in the office, and in life in general.

Many women still struggle with losing those “girly” habits that we often develop when we’re young but are no longer welcome as an adult.

Many professional women still struggle with climbing the corporate ladder and being respected by their male co-workers.

How do I know this? Because my most popular post on the Executive Impressions blog is titled “Powerful Body Language for Confident Yet Elegant Women“, and I have received many kind messages from ambitious women who have learned from my advice.

So today I want to share with all ambitious women who want to be respected and successful, the top 12 ways to project confidence and authority.

  1. Wear darker colours – darker colours project authority, so wear a navy or black suit instead of light grey.
  2. Stand grounded -€place your feet shoulder width apart, one foot slightly in front of the other.
  3. Take up space when you walk -€take slightly larger steps but feet elegantly in line.
  4. Take up space when you sit – lean back and rest your arms on the armrests.
  5. Be decisive – Use “I will” and “I would like you to”, instead of€”I think I will”,€or “Would it be okay if you?”.
  6. Pause for power -€pause when you speak to keep people hanging for your next words.
  7. Lower your voice on the phone -€the phone often makes our voice sound higher and therefore less powerful.
  8. Don’t nod continuously -€nod enough to show you’re listening, but don’t overdo it.
  9. Maintain eye contact when you speak -€it’s a great way to really see if the other person is listening.
  10. Keep strong posture -€you’ll look more grounded and solid.
  11. Don’t tilt your head – this is a habit from childhood that makes women lose authority.
  12. Wear heels but not too high -€you need to be able to walk with confidence.

These tips have been rounded up from my most popular blog posts. Click on the links to read the original posts.

What are your favourite ways to project confidence and authority in the office? I’d love you to leave a comment in the section below.

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About Kara

Kara Ronin is the founder of Executive Impressions. She is an executive coach who specialises in leadership presence, social skills and business etiquette. She is also the creator of Bestselling Udemy course, Business Etiquette 101. Kara’s advice and unique perspectives have been featured in Time Inc., Business Insider, Ignites Europe (a Financial Times Service), The Muse, The Local France, The West Australian, and more. Kara works regularly with lawyers, investment bankers, and finance professionals to help them build presence, authority and influence in business. Get Kara's insights delivered straight to your inbox

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