Developing Executive Presence for Exceptional Leadership

Schulich Executive Learning Centre

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  • 3 days
  • online, in person

Schulich Executive Learning Centre


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Who should attend

This course is specifically designed for professionals who seek to motivate others through enhanced influence, persuasion and communication skills. It will greatly benefit newly appointed senior managers and decision-makers, middle managers, high potentials, HR leadership and performance coaches.

About the course

Executive presence is no longer a nice-to-have for leaders who wish to be known as exceptional.

Executive presence is more than the ability to attract attention when entering a room. It’s about the ability to demonstrate to your employees, managers, clients and peers that you’re a leader who is capable and reliable, and someone whose ideas are worthwhile paying attention to. Those that possess it are able to align and motivate people, as well as inspire the confidence in others required to move their careers forward.

Everyone can enhance and build their executive presence with the right kind of instruction and practice. This engaging and interactive executive presence training program is your opportunity to learn the ideas, techniques and tools – and interactively practise the soft skills – to enhance communications, make compelling presentations, and turbocharge meetings and social interactions. Participants will return to the office better able to influence others, stand out in the crowd, and fine-tune their personal brand – more than well equipped with the foundational skills needed to become an exceptional leader.

Your learning will include:

First & Lasting Impressions & Communication Skills

  • Learn about the authority and confidence signals that are sent through body language

Virtual Executive – Online & In-person Meetings

  • Speak persuasively about anything; authority, “intention” and control; rivet your audience’s attention

Business Storytelling

  • Rise to the level of elite by harnessing your stories and approaches to persuade and influence your listeners.

Interpersonal Communication & Leading Teams

  • Become a skilled speaker; make an impact and persuade others.

Workplace Communications & Conflict

  • How your presence choices impacts your career: the ins and outs of office politics as well as identify and to diffuse conflict, and more about your own

Course content details

Overview of Learning

We explore the foundations of Executive Presence, including the relationship between other people’s perceptions and one’s self- awareness – and the impact this has on personal leadership development. Our goal is to encourage truly authentic presence and to “bring out the best,” in each individual.

First Impressions – Lasting Impressions

Every first impression counts whether meeting a new client, team member or boss. From an introduction to a phone call, people are constantly judging others and being judged. People continue to form impressions even when they’ve known someone a long time. Become more comfortable when speaking to make an impact and persuade others.

Non-Verbal Communications Skills

Learn about the signals you and others send through body language. Communication encompasses a variety of non-verbal ways to express authority, convey confidence, synthesize and articulate expertise during both formal and casual occasions.

  • Body language
  • Non-verbal intelligence
  • The four main postures

Steer Productive Meetings

Meetings are a matter of both leadership, and time management. Propelling your EP forwrad includes demonstrating how you lead coupled with how you can manage everyone’s time effectively. Learn how to organize productive meetings; anticipated by staff not dreaded. Set functional, trackable outcomes and drive results with a high level of co-operations.

Interpersonal Communications Skills

Learn to function with ease and comfort in any situation. Discover the business protocols for introducing yourself and others. Develop and strengthen your personal brand. Whether you are on stage or not, learn how to structure conversation so other people understand complex topics.

The Virtual Executive

This segment covers aspects of technology-related communication: telephone, voicemail, cellphones, email correspondence, videos, and teleconferences. Participants learn to communicate effectively and professionally, to appear competent and credible when using electronic media.

Business Storytelling

This is a skill which separates the mediocre from the elite. You will walk through and deliver your personal story: Who am I? Why am I here? What’s my vision? You will uncover your stories and design approaches to persuade and influence your listeners. You will cement your words in the minds of others with memorable, enjoyable business-building stories.

Workplace Communication

Learn the six core traits of gravitas and how to avoid gravitas blunders.

Learn the ins and outs of office politics and more about your own leadership style. You will learn how to identify and diffuse conflict on-the-job.


Diana Kawarsky

Biography Diana Kawarsky specializes in business communications for Schulich’s Executive Education Centre, York University. In addition, she is a facilitator, adult educator, coach and management consultant with Fortune 500 companies throughout North America. Her experience spans nearly 20 years....

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