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Author: Sylvia Ann Hewlett Narrator: Rosalind Ashford Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2014 ISBN: 9780062331977
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Do 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—including a new nationwide survey and dozens of focus groups—Hewlett reveals EP to be a dynamic mix of three things: how you act (gravitas), how you speak (communication), and how you look (appearance). She also draws on in-depth interviews with a wide selection of admired leaders to reveal how they embody and deploy key elements of EP. 

This book 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. 

The good news is that EP is eminently teachable. You can learn how to "show teeth" while remaining likable, and you can teach yourself how to dress appropriately while staying true to yourself. You don't have to be born with the voice of James Earl Jones or the looks of Angelina Jolie to hurdle the EP bar. 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In today’s business world, authenticity is the new currency of leadership. In Sylvia Ann Hewlett’s valuable book, she demonstrates how you can crack the code of Executive Presence by embracing what differentiates you from the pack.”

    Mark T. Bertolini, chairman, CEO, and president, Aetna

  • “Sylvia Ann Hewlett’s book is essential reading for anyone striving to minimize the gap between how others perceive you and how you want to be seen. It arms you with the skills to create, curate, and manage your personal brand and convince people they are in the presence of someone going places.”

    Joanna Coles, editor-in-chief, Cosmopolitan

  • “In this significant book, Sylvia Ann Hewlett challenges the conventional wisdom that Executive Presence is an innate quality that can barely be defined, much less developed. Anyone seeking to close the gap between their merit and their success could benefit from her practical, engaging, and humane advice.”

    Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law, NYU School of Law

  • “Clear and compassionate, Hewlett explains what it means to have Executive Presence and why it’s essential for anyone who wishes to lead in today’s uncertain and fast-paced work environment. With memorable stories and examples—including the author’s own firsthand experiences of getting it wrong as a young woman just starting her career—Executive Presence is both practical and compelling.”

    Amy C. Edmonson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School

  • “Sylvia Ann Hewlett is once again leading the way by examining a critical componentof business success, Executive Presence. She is a master at making a vague topic clear. She demystifies the meaning of Executive Presence and provides tangible, practical advice that readers can easily use to lift their game.”

    Anré Williams, president, global merchant services, American Express

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About the Author

Sylvia Ann Hewlett is an economist and the author of several books, including the award-winning When the Bough Breaks. She is the founder and president of the National Parenting Association and directs the Gender and Policy Program at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. Her writings have appeared in the New York Times, Financial TimesForeign Affairs, and the International Herald Tribune. She is also a frequent guest on television, appearing on Oprah, Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Charlie Roseand the Today show. A Kennedy scholar and graduate of Cambridge University, she earned her PhD in economics at London University and currently lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Rosalind Ashford is a New York-based, classically-trained British actress with stage, film, voice-over, and radio experience. Among her latest audiobook projects are Desecration, The Bride Wore Blue, Inside The Hotel Rwanda, Compromised, and others.