Building Your Executive Presence

Executive presence can be described as the link between merit and success, but many people can’t put their finger on what exactly executive presence is.

The good news is that executive presence isn’t a mysterious quality which you either have or you don’t. Instead, executive presence presence is a set of behaviours which anyone can understand and work to adopt.

This “Building Your Executive Presence” course will enable participants to get clarity on what it means to have executive presence and what they need to do in order to achieve it. 

Course Content

Why presence matters

  • The link between presence and day to day effectiveness and long-term career development
  • Defining what executive presence is: how you act, communicate and present yourself

Acting with warmth and competence

  • Demonstrating warmth and competence
  • What does warmth and competence look like in your role?

Communicating with conviction

  • Confident body language indicators
  • Using your voice to best effect
  • Receiving feedback from others

Presenting yourself authentically

  • Communicating your potential through your appearance
  • Banishing distractions which take away from your talents and potential

Course Approach


  • Can anyone have executive presence?
  • The notion that executive presence and authenticity cannot co-exist


  • Understand the three areas of focus when it comes to building your executive presence


  • Your perception of yourself and your ability to have executive presence
  • Isolate any behaviours which detract from your executive presence

Embedding Success

Post programme activities to support the transfer of learning and building of habits.


Next time you organise a virtual meeting, record it! (Do ask permission of your colleagues first) Review the meeting and appraise yourself in terms of your executive presence.


Get clear on how you can demonstrate executive presence whilst being totally authentic.


Start reviewing your emails before you hit send. Where can you change your language to have some confidence and conviction? What linguistic habits do you have which can be changed to increase your executive presence in emails? How can you project more warmth and competence?


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of a cohort was promoted within 2 years after participating in an Alpha course.


of participants felt more confident in their role, following an Alpha commercial leadership course.

Why study with Alpha?

Innovation and creativity born from experience

We are thought leaders in instructional and learning journey design and holistic solution architects. We have extensive finance and investments experience combined with skills application to deliver performance improving results. We develop immersive learning environments that maximize time to productivity, support talent retention and added value to improving quality of hires.

Knowledge Exchange Evangelists

We are focused on mining the embedded organisational intellectual capital for the benefit of the next generation. We create and curate best in class practice gathered from our experience with the leading financial institutions. We design our programmes with the end in mind – what results are you trying to achieve with this intervention? What metrics will we set ourselves to achieve that?

Generation Proof

Quality and innovation, using current market and industry best practices, have made us a trusted partner in delivering dynamic and motivating training for the financial and capital markets. Our programmes are generation proof and responsive to evolving learner needs and styles. Our solutions use a multi-stakeholder engagement strategy that expands beyond relationships between the learner and learning provider. We create connections with managers, peers and the wider business to drive impactful return on investment..

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