Executive Presence for High Potentials

The Next Generation

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.


Paul Hanson poured a cup of coffee and scanned the familiar surroundings of a training room he’d visited many times. Sitting down where he found his name on a tent card, he greeted longtime colleagues from corporate headquarters and a few others he didn’t know as well who had offices in other parts of the United States.

The banter about projects and pursuits, spouses and kids was welcome. Whatever the next two days held, he thought he would enjoy spending time with his class of high-potential leaders. The topic of the day—executive presence—well, that was new for him. Paul had completed ...

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