Tap Into Your Executive Power in 5 Simple Steps

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

I’m sure 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

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

What better place to establish your executive power than in a business meeting. 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 watch this free training session where I talk about how to sit with confidence and power in business meetings.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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. Be Willing to Always Learn, Perfect and Better Yourself

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.

If you believe you have this strength of character, then you would love my free training session, “Tap Into Your Executive Power in 5 Simple Steps”.

This free training session is an extension to this blog post where I’ll be talking about these 5 steps in much more detail.

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

About Kara

Kara Ronin is an international business etiquette expert and founder of Executive Impressions. Kara’s advice and unique perspectives have been featured in Time Inc., Business Insider India, Ignites Europe (a Financial Times Service), The Daily Muse, Women 2.0, and more. Kara offers corporate seminars and online training programs on business etiquette, leadership skills, and executive communication around the world. Get Kara's insights delivered straight to your inbox