Have you ever met someone that takes command of the room without saying a word? Someone who just radiates confidence and control? That “presence” or ability to influence others is the subject of an excellent book by Val Williams: The Influence Puzzle, 6 Aspects of Powerful Executive Presence (Shadowbrook Publishing, 2008).
Williams is a former high-ranking executive who now coaches other high-ranking executives on the nuances of leadership at the most senior level. She makes a strong argument that leadership at the top requires an ability to influence others in driving results. And while body language and outside appearances impact this ability, true “Presence is born in your self-perception: how you see your value to the world, how you see your power, how you see others.”