Executive presence: Polish your inner self and impact others better (Guest commentary)

Presence about confidence, courage, humility
By John Kuypers
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/13/2012

At the recent Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) conference in Toronto, I conducted a session on executive presence. It was sold out and people were lined up at the door to replace any last-minute dropouts.

What a sea change from one decade ago when I published a book on presence. It sold well, but the topic had zero interest in corporate Canada.

So, what’s changed? Traditional command and control leadership is dying, slowly but surely. Employees no longer follow a leader simply because of title and position — leaders at every level of the company must earn the following.