do you have Executive Presence?

A new book by economist Sylvia Ann Hewlett claims that it is not enough to be super efficient and clever to climb to the top of the corporate ladder. What you need is 'Executive Presence' -  an indefinable blend of charm, confidence and efficiency and is particularly relevant to women. "We fail to value the power of presence, which accounts for about 30% of the reasons why you get that promotion or a new job" says the author. Presence that makes an impression is basically about confidence and the ability to show strength in crisis. Combine that with charm, empathy with your staff and business contacts and package the whole with a well groomed appearance if you want to get ahead - is her advice.
Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between merit and Success. Published by Harper Business