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Management and Leadership

The neXt Factor: Executive Presence


  • Traditional Classroom: 1-day
  • Virtual Instructor-led: Two 3-3.5 hour sessions; Three 2-hour sessions

Today’s business climate is fast-paced and ever-changing. Successful organizations recognize one of the best ways to gain and maintain competitive advantage in their markets is to develop self-confident leaders capable of dealing with unpredictable and fluid situations. These are the hallmarks of executive presence. The good news is that, unlike intellectual intelligence, these competencies can be learned.

The neXt Factor is an interactive program designed for participants seeking to develop skills to boost impact in their current role and position them to be successful for their neXt leadership opportunity.


Target Audience

This course is targeted at executives, high potentials, directors, managers, and team leaders.

Learning Objectives

  • The neXt factor — package your abilities and present yourself as a leader.
  • Describe the critical components of executive presence.
  • Understand your Interaction Style® to address differences and build strong strategic relationships.
  • Defining you — build your unique brand.
  • Develop confident communication to command a room.
  • Inspire trust and get clear on why this is critical.

Course Prework

Prior to the course, participants will be required to complete the CliftonStrengths Assessment (formerly StrengthsFinder).

Course Outline

Module 1: The neXt Factor — Part One
  • Defining Executive Presence
  • Why Does It Matter? (Senior Leader Experience — Share)
  • Understanding Your Current State as a Leader
  • Self-Assessment of Leadership Presence
  • Review, Reflect, & Share Your Executive Presence Assessment
  • Create Your Initial Executive Presence Development Plan
  • Share with Accountability Partner
Module 2: The Critical Components of Executive Presence
  • The 6 Cs
  • The Behaviors of Executive Presence
  • Large Group Activity
  • Understanding Your Interaction Style to Address Differences and Build Strong Strategic Relationships
  • Why Style Matters
  • Grace Under Fire — Managing Your Style Under Stress
  • Inspiring Trust
  • What You Can Do
  • Why This Is Critical
  • Accountability Partner Debrief
Module 3: Defining You & Your Unique Brand
  • Strengths Finder Assessment
  • Identifying & Understanding Your Personal Uniqueness
  • The 5-Step Branding Process
  • Construct Your Brand Statement
Module 4: Confident Communication
  • Know your Audience
  • Preparing Clear, Concise Messages
  • State Your Case Persuasively
  • Storytelling to Make Your Comments Memorable
  • Ways to Own the Room with Your Leadership Presence and Confident Delivery
  • Large or Small Group Practice & Feedback
Module 5: The neXt Factor — Part Two
  • Review Your Executive Presence Development Plan
  • Update Your Plan, Add Milestones
  • Share with Accountability Partner

MDI1302 Course Code


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