Tap Into Your Executive Power in 5 Simple Steps

Have you wondered how to project more power as an emerging leader? Do you feel that other business people naturally exude power, but you don’t?

Have you ever walked into a networking event or a business meeting and felt invisible while others seemed to instantly command the room?

I can assure you, you’re not alone.

Exuding power, leadership presence, or executive presence, isn’t something you’re born with. It’s something you learn.

Even the most successful professionals whom you look up to, have dedicated time and effort to understand the steps they needed to take to create their own executive power.

Today I want to share with you 5 actionable steps that you can implement to create your own executive power.

1. Wear the Right Colour Outfit for Your Industry

My first tip in how to project more power as an emerging leader is to wear the right colour outfit for your industry.

The colour you choose for your professional attire depends heavily on the industry in which you work.

Some industries are more traditional and there is a unwritten rule that darker colours such as navy blue, charcoal, or black project more authority.

Other industries are more casual or creative, and if you arrive at the office wearing a charcoal suit, you may look too serious, out of place, or simply unapproachable.

Successful executives know what colour outfit works in their industry.

They carefully choose colours that will help them project authority, but also connect with their employees.

Actionable Step #1: Take note of what colours and style of outfits executives wear in your company. Do they typically wear darker colours, or more vibrant colours? Try to adopt these colours into your professional wardrobe.

2. Sit with Confidence and Power in Business Meetings

My second tip on how to project more power as an emerging leader is to use confident, powerful body language when sitting during meetings.

Not everybody understands the body language they need to use to project an executive impression while sitting at a conference table.

The way you sit in your chair, the way you position your arms, and even your feet, can convey a lot about your executive power, or lack thereof.

Actionable Step #2: If you want to know how to sit with confidence and power, then I invite you to take a look at my popular online video course, “Powerful, Confident Body Language for Business Women”.

Or watch the quick video below to find out more about this course.

3. Use the “Downswing” When Talking Instead of the “Upswing”

My third tip on how to project more power as an emerging leader is to use the “downswing” instead of the “upswing” when you speak.

One of the most common “executive power” mistakes I see is when people use the “upswing” in conversations at networking events or with other professionals.

What is the “upswing”?

The “upswing” is when people push their intonation up at the end of a statement. This makes a statement sound like a question.

The upswing is a sure-fire way to thread uncertainty and doubt into your sentences.

Actionable Step #3: If you want to exude executive power, using what I like to term the “downswing” is what you need to implement in all your professional conversations.

4. Focus on Your Past Achievements

My fourth tip on how to project more power as an emerging leader is to focus on your past achievement.

Focusing on things that you’ve achieved in the past helps to re-create your inner confidence and move you to the mindset of “I’ve achieved great things before, I can do it again”.

Maybe you completed your university degree at the top of the class.

Perhaps you’re somebody who has excelled in sport, or maths, or art.

Or maybe you spent your gap year backpacking around Europe, constantly pushing your comfort zone.

Whatever your past achievements are, what’s important to remember is that your mindset is a critical component of establishing your executive power. There is absolutely no way you can project the image that you’re a confident, powerful business person if you don’t believe it inside.

Actionable Step #4: Make a list of 2-3 fabulous things you’ve achieved in your life.

5. Always Be Willing to Learn and Grow

My fifth tip on how to project more power as an emerging leader is to always be willing to learn and grow.

Not everybody is prepared to take this last step. It takes courage, commitment, and sometimes an incredible level of humility, to put yourself back in the “student chair”.

But it is this strength of character that will move you from where you are now, to where you want to be. And much faster than others.

Actionable Step #5: Go to this link to watch this training.


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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