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Sep 20, 2023

What is Executive Presence, and how do you know if you have it? Executive Presence is a leader’s ability to engage, align, and inspire people to move and act. Having an Executive Presence in the workplace means you are the person people turn to for solutions and guidance, and it provides you with a position of influence.


In this episode:

[00:01:28] Welcome to the Wake Up Eager Workforce Podcast! 

[00:03:08] We are talking about Executive Presence and the power of options today and what it looks like to embody that in the workplace by having self-awareness as a leader.

[00:04:29] I’d like to introduce my guest, Shawn Simon, and his background and expertise.

[00:08:00] What is executive presence, and why does it matter? 

[00:14:38] Shawn shares some background on the DISC Assessment and how it helps you better interact with others. 

[00:22:27] Shawn shares some telltale signs that you have Executive Presence and some ways that you can acquire it if you don’t have it right now. 

[00:24:04] Shawn and Suzie discuss a Harvard Business Review article, The Power Options: Always Give Yourself Four Ways to Win, by David Noble and Carol Kaufman. This article helps leaders understand what their audience needs in an effort to allow them to build Executive Presence with their team. 

[00:32:33] Shawn speaks about strategies that help leaders improve their presence and maintain influence with their audiences. This can help in reducing resistance by seeking to understand your audience. 

[00:37:10] Shawn shares his top DISC styles and the insight he has gained about how he works and communicates. 

[00:45:35] Shawn and Suzie discuss motivators and how they impact the way you work. Motivators help identify where you bring the most value to your work and how to better identify the best working environment for you. Shawn and Suzie discuss some of the most common motivators in executives and how they are displayed in the workplace. 

[00:51:49] Shawn speaks about EQ (emotional intelligence) and the role it plays in developing and maintaining Executive Presence through your leadership style.

[00:53:27] How Shawn found his way into coaching. 

[00:57:10] Some of Shawn’s Wake Up Eager tips that keep him in touch with his mind, body, and spirit. 

[01:00:47] Shawn’s advice to his 25-year-old self would be to get in touch with himself through the three sciences because it is foundational for all your future engagements.

[01:01:33] Shawn’s message on a billboard would be to “Make Your Journey with the Trimetric EQ” because it is the foundation for a great journey in life. 

[01:02:21] Shawn shares parting words and closing thoughts surrounding Executive Presence and the self-awareness it takes for you to lean into being an effective leader.

[01:03:40] The best ways to get in touch with Shawn. Call him today for a free consultation! 

[01:05:02] Thanks for listening to The Wake Up Eager Workforce Podcast today! 

Links & Resources:

Consulting for Dummies by Bob Nelson 

The Seismic Shift in Leadership: How to Thrive in a New Era of Connection by Michelle K Johnston Ph.D

Connect with Shawn:

Simon Leads


Phone: 215-620-1475

Connect with Suzie:

Priceless Professional

LinkedIn: Suzie Pric

LinkedIn: Priceless Professional Development

LinkedIn: Wake Up Eager Workforce Podcast

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