It’s a business “buzz phrase” that’s been around for a few years now: executive presence. What is it? It’s that certain something, that je ne sais quoi that makes someone appear to be a strong, capable executive. It’s in their voice, their posture, their ability to convey their points clearly, and of course, it rests a lot in their appearance. Women with a strong executive presence have more than a few things together when it comes to their looks.
Marie Claire talked about Executive Presence recently in their article, “Best Clothes for Work–How to Get Executive Presence.” They outline that women with great executive presence are always thinking about:
- Clean makeup
- Well-fitting clothes
- Avoiding “too sexy” choices
- And more….
They also listed something we at Career Girl have not talked about in the past. Hair color. Check it out:
If your hair is highlighted or colored, be sure to stay on top of touch-ups. Nothing sabotages a killer suit like two inches or regrowth.
Your hair, and hair color in general, can do a lot to convey your presence. If you’re choosing to color your hair, do it regularly, and make it a color that really works on you. Bad red, too dark black, or brassy blonde doesn’t work on anyone.
So get your executive presence going. It’s in everything from clothing to colorists. Tell us what you think, too. What other key things in your appearance can convey executive presence?
Marcy Twete is the Founder and CEO of Career Girl Network and the author of the book “You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works.” At Career Girl Network, Marcy provides women with information, resources, and networking to empower them in their careers and to advance the work of women in business as a whole. Prior to launching Career Girl Network, Marcy worked in numerous nonprofit organizations and as a consultant in the field of nonprofit fundraising, marketing, and community relations. Marcy is a graduate of the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota, and a native of rural North Dakota. She is the Vice Chair of the Chicago Board of Directors for Step Up Women’s Network in Chicago and a member of the Advisory Board for Girls on the Run Twin Cities, and is dedicated to advancing the work of organizations that move the needle for women and girls worldwide.