Leadership presence


To lead and influence others, whether as a workplace leader or as a thought leader, you need to develop an authentic voice. For example, let’s say you are a CEO delivering a speech to your employees, or a functional VP writing an email to your staff, or a department head presenting recommendations to the C-Suite. When you speak or write, are you clear? Are you true to your values, passions, and personality? Are you representing the real you, and do people understand and trust you? Are you effective not only in prepared communications, but when you speak “off the cuff” or extemporaneously?

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Nice Girls StillOn the game show Jeopardy, host Alex Trebek provided the clue, “This is the prime piece of business real estate that nice girls don’t get.” The correct response, of course, was “What is the corner office?”

Within just one year of completing college, women are earning 8% less than the men with whom they graduated. By mid-career, that number increases to more than 20%. Some women roar ahead in their careers, but so many more stagnate. As a leader, how can you be more successful if you are a women? And regardless of whether you are male or female, how can you help the women on your team and in your life succeed?

For 10 years, the New York Times bestseller Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers has been a must-have for women in business. In this completely revised and updated edition, internationally recognized executive coach Lois P. Frankel reveals 133 behaviors women learn in girlhood that ultimately sabotage them as adults. She teaches you how to eliminate these unconscious mistakes that could be holding you back and offers coaching tips to incorporate into your social and business skills.

In an interview that will appeal to both women and men listeners, Jesse and Dr. Frankel discuss several of the 133 mistakes discussed in the book — and how to overcome them — including:

  • Working hard
  • Working without a break
  • Needing to be liked
  • NOT needing to be liked
  • TMI
  • Crying

In addition, Dr. Frankel answers a question from Shawn, who asks: “Do women need to act more like men in order to be successful?

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