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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 5

Starting a New Role

Executive Presence and Early Wins

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

—GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

Jeff Shepherdson was a rising star in human resources, handling rewards and compensation for a large insurance company. The senior executive team business leaders were impressed by Jeff and tapped him to work on an important enterprise project connected to one of the company’s three critical growth strategies. Within weeks, Jeff found himself in meetings with the CEO and senior management, discussing the objectives and aims of the project. Right after that, the CEO took Jeff under his wing as part of the company’s skip-level mentoring program. These were exciting times.

The CEO and senior leadership ...

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