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Executive Presence: Understanding & Engaging Self and Others

Introduction and Background

People with Executive Presence inspire confidence! They do this by truly understanding themselves and others. This confidence is then translated into vision, action, and results. And this translation happens through effective communication, connection, and exploration.

During this program, you will develop techniques and strategies that will allow you to maximize your Executive Presence. We will engage in practical and interactive discussions and activities that will clarify and strengthen your communications in order to inspire confidence and ensure results.

Executive Presence: Understanding and Engaging Self and Others is part of the Communication Strategy for Success Certificate Program. For more information on completing the certificate, click here. 

Crack the Code on Executive Presence

Experts agree that executive presence is a combination of personal traits and outward behaviors that create an image of leadership competence and trustworthiness. Sylvia Ann Hewlett, the founder, and CEO of the Center for Talent Innovation and author of Executive Presence, defines executive presence as how one acts (gravitas), speaks (communication), and looks (appearance). Executive coach Scott Eblin, author of The Next Level: What Insiders Know about Executive Success, organizes leadership presence (as he calls it) into three categories: behaviors that impact a leader’s immediate self, team, and the overall organization.

No matter how you (or your organization) define executive presence, keep in mind that it’s a group of traits and behaviors that starts with you and emanates outward to create a perception of your ability to lead under any circumstance.

(The Economist: Executive Education Navigator | Forbes)

Course Structure

This course is completely virtual. All participant materials will be sent digitally prior to the course start date. Course includes a blend of live sessions, pre-recorded videos and online group activities. Participants will implement learnings in between sessions through real world application.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Assess your presence from your own vantage point and compare it to the impression others have of you
  • Consider and improve the impressions, judgments, biases, and generalizations you may have of others
  • Develop a strategy to bridge the gap between what you think/know and what others think/know
  • Learn tips to develop inclusivity, gravitas and general communications in yourself and your team
  • Increase your confidence in being authentic, inclusive, respectful and impressive

Refund Policy

University of Saskatchewan's liability is limited to reimbursement of paid tuition fees. Cancellations received at least five (5) business days in advance of the course commencement date will receive a full refund. Cancellations received less than five (5) business days prior to the course commencement date will be subject to a $100 + GST administration fee. Cancellations received less than two (2) business days prior to the course commencement date will be subject to full course tuition cost. Non-attendance will incur full course tuition cost. Fees subject to change without notice. Program Transfer Policy: One course transfer will be permitted without penalty if the cancellation request is received within fifteen (15) business days prior to the course start date. Alternate program transfers may be approved dependent on course availability. Transfer requests must be scheduled within six (6) months of the initial purchase. Applicants will be responsible for any price difference in program fees at the time of the request. Each subsequent transfer request will be subject to $300 + GST administration fee.

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Course Code: ESB259