New Executive Summary: Executive Presence by Sylvia Ann Hewlett

Executive-Presence-280Do you exude confidence and credibility? Can you command a room? Sylvia Ann Hewlett, one of the world’s most influential business thinkers, cracks the code of Executive Presence (EP) for men and women intent on winning the next plum assignment and doing something extraordinary with their lives. You might have the qualifications to be considered for your dream job, but you won’t get far unless you can signal that you’re “leadership material” and that you “have what it takes.” Professionals are judged on presence as well as on performance. Using a wealth of hard data, Hewlett reveals EP to be a dynamic mix of three things: how you act (gravitas), how you speak (communication) and how you look (appearance). Executive Presence is immensely practical. Hewlett teases out tactics that can help you raise your game and close the gap between merit and success. She offers the unvarnished advice you won’t get from supportive friends and tackles head-on such touchy subjects as too-tight clothing and too-shrill voices. She shows how the standards for EP vary for men, women, multicultural and LGBT employees, and she shares how to get meaningful feedback from politically correct bosses intent on avoiding the real issues. With hard facts and vivid examples, Hewlett shows you how to ace EP and fully realize your unique potential — no matter who you are, no matter where you work.

IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN:

• Why gravitas is the core characteristic of executive presence.
• The six key elements of communicating with executive presence.
• How to balance authenticity with conformity in the business world, no matter who you are.

Book Review: 360 Degrees of Influence

by Harrison Monarth

One of the most popular features of our weekly Soundview Live Webinar series is the question and answer segment with that week’s guest. Any author, speaker or consultant specializing in leadership inevitably receives the following question: “What can I do to influence my own boss?” In 360 Degrees of Influence: Get Everyone to Follow Your Lead on Your Way to the Top by author and consultant Harrison Monarth, readers receive some of the best information to date that will help them influence up the corporate ladder. 360 Degrees of Influence is now available as a Soundview Executive Book Summary at Summary.com.

Monarth is an established authority on gaining and maintaining influence in both the professional and personal side of life. The summary of his previous book Executive Presence remains one of the most frequent downloads at Summary.com. Elements of Executive Presence work their way into 360 Degrees of Influence and the latter book should be required reading for anyone who enjoyed Monarth’s previous work.

While executives may follow the lead of Soundview Live listeners and elect to focus their takeaways on influencing up the chain of command, Monarth also provides thoughtful, reinforced ideas for influencing one’s own direct reports. Much of his material strengthens a leader’s ability to think beyond his or her own mindset. This culminates in the creation of a personal influence strategy that is designed to fit a reader’s organization. By using Monarth’s techniques to overcome resistance, readers will gain confidence in influencing individuals (and teams) in every segment of a company.

To get your copy of the Soundview Executive Book Summary of 360 Degrees of Influence, and to listen to Monarth’s recent appearance on Soundview Live, visit Soundview’s Web site Summary.com.

What’s Your Social Intelligence Quotient?

Have you ever been in a crowded conference room where several side conversations simultaneously take place? Half the room is discussing the looming deadline for a project while others discuss the results from last night’s American Idol episode. At some point, the conference room door swings open and with the entry of a single individual, a hush comes across the room. There are a variety of reasons that the man or woman entering the room creates silence. What is common in each case is that the executive entering the conference room commands respect.

Harrison Monarth, author of the book Executive Presence: The Art of Commanding Respect Like a CEO, doesn’t believe that this needs to be a result bred from a culture of fear. In fact, respect is earned through the awareness of a set of tools that fall under the banner of Social Intelligence (SI). SI is about more than having a friendly smile and the ability to make people laugh. Monarth’s book reveals the secrets of how to leverage SI to get your message across and get results.

In fact, Monarth offers a way to improve your SI in only seven days. To learn how, visit Summary.com and pick up a copy of our newest summary Executive Presence: The Art of Commanding Respect Like a CEO.

Three Must-Read Titles for this Month

They’re hot off the press and ready for your waiting eyes. It’s the newest summaries from Soundview Executive Book Summaries!

Here are this month’s titles:

Executive Presence by Harrison Monarth. Image isn’t everything, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to know how to command a room upon entering it. Perception is a powerful force, and this book can help you understand both how you’re perceived and how to leverage that perception. Think of the executives that you most admire, whether globally known or within your own company. Wouldn’t you like to have a little of that “magic” that they possess? Monarth shows you how to get it.

Some executives have presence … but it doesn’t always translate to success. Our second summary of the month features several tales of tragedy by leaders who underestimated the importance of character. Derailed: Five Lessons Learned from Catastrophic Failures of Leadership is Tim Irwin’s ode to the destructive power of the ego. One important note for readers, this is NOT a tell-all that chronicles tales of embezzlement or fraud. It’s a study of personality and, as the author points out, is intended to cause readers to reflect on their own workplace behavior.

This month also includes a bonus summary for subscribers (but non-subscribers can still purchase a copy!). Diana McLain-Smith’s Divide or Conquer is a timeless look at the interaction of teams. McLain-Smith helps leaders understand that breaking a team down to its individual parts is a misguided management method. Her best advice is to look at a team as the sum of the relationships of its members. This is a great read for executives looking to strengthen teams that operate in multiple locations.

Three great titles to guide you through your next 30 days. Head over to Summary.com and check them out now!