Blog: Leadership

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Executive Presence and Your Voice

Eric Nitzberg | May 1st, 2017

In the drug development process, there is sometimes a crucial moment when a team of pharmaceutical executives is asked to present and answer questions in Washington, D.C. before a panel of experts and the FDA in an open public meeting. […]

How Body Language Affects Executive Presence

Eric Nitzberg | March 29th, 2017

Body language can have a strong impact on executive presence. In general, you want to make sure that your body says what you want it to say: that you are relaxed, comfortable and confident. Everyone’s body language is different. Different […]

Developing Executive Presence: Why Your Words Matter

Eric Nitzberg | February 17th, 2017

To some extent, you can identify someone with executive presence by what they say and how they organize their words. People with executive presence use words that are simple, clear and understandable. They participate and share their ideas fully, but […]

To Increase Your Executive Presence, Be Authentic

Eric Nitzberg | January 23rd, 2017

I’ve worked with leaders who come across as overly polished or who somehow don’t always connect well with others. They try to appear a certain way, projecting a certain kind of image. Or they keep their distance from important colleagues. […]

To Develop Your Executive Presence, Learn to Listen

Eric Nitzberg | December 14th, 2016

Executive presence is one of the most commonly asked for areas in leadership development and coaching. But, what is it? There is something of a mystery surrounding executive presence. Some see it as a high level of confidence and gravitas, […]

Does Coaching for Executive Presence Work Against Diversity and Inclusion?

Eric Nitzberg | November 10th, 2016

Executive presence means different things to different people, but generally it refers to communicating in ways that create a high level of influence and impact. This can get into murky waters. Is “executive presence” just code for adopting a style […]

How Withholding Feedback Hurts Your Employees and Why It Matters

Eric Nitzberg | July 12th, 2016

“I wish my manager had told me that the moment it came into her mind.” The more leaders that I work with, the more I’m struck by how critically important it is to give clear, timely, granular feedback—and by how […]

How to Be a More Diplomatic Executive, Part 3

Eric Nitzberg | June 8th, 2016

Click here to view Part 1 and Part 2 in the series. 9. Choose Your Method of Communication Carefully. It’s good to put a filter on your brain that’s always asking, “What’s the best way to engage in this communication?  […]

How to Be a More Diplomatic Executive, Part 2

Eric Nitzberg | May 4th, 2016

Today we continue the three-part series with four more ways to develop diplomacy. Click here for Part 1. 5.  Suspend Judgment and Allow a More Complex Picture to Form. A close cousin to curiosity, suspending judgment means avoiding putting people […]

How to Be a More Diplomatic Executive, Part 1

Eric Nitzberg | April 6th, 2016

I’m often asked to work with leaders who need to improve their ability to collaborate. Sometimes they are great at execution or great technically, but their very direct approach to communication has damaged key relationships.  Other times, they may be […]