How you present yourself and communicate with your peers is critical to successful leadership and moving up in the ranks. But for many people, a powerful executive presence can be elusive as they struggle to understand what’s holding them back. Anna Wildermuth, Founder and CEO of Personal Images and an award-winning executive image consultant, talks with Diana about some of the most common struggles when it comes to looking and acting the part of an executive leader.
Polishing Up: What to do when you lack polish
By Anna Wildermuth
Perhaps one of the most common, vague, and even hurtful pieces of feedback that leads a client to hire a coach is, “You need a little polishing.” It’s vague because the giver of the feedback can’t quite put his finger on the problem—he simply realizes that something about this individual isn’t where it should be. The recipient of the feedback tends to be equally baffled. “I need polishing? What does that mean? I’m not a piece of furniture!”
In such a situation, my role is to uncover the root of the feedback so that we can work on it together. My approach involves assessing the client on four questions. Read more...
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