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All the Leader You Can Be: The Science of Achieving Extraordinary Executive Presence by Suzanne Bates

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CHAPTER 1

Breakthrough

A Research-Based Model of Executive Presence

We keep moving forward, opening new doors and trying new things because we’re curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

—WALT DISNEY

Ann-Marie Livingston told her coach she was on a mission to be promoted to SVP. She was a high-potential leader, having demonstrated what her own firm described as an “off-the-charts” ability to execute. She’d been given a small part of the business and quickly grown it from $1 billion to $4 billion. Yet her boss, Tom, didn’t seem eager to discuss the next career move with her.

No longer satisfied waiting for Tom to recognize her readiness for the next assignment, Ann-Marie decided to take the matter into her own hands. She had been ...

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