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The 4 Quickest Ways to Sabotage Your “It Factor”


Increasingly, having a good executive presence is something that’s important on the job hunt. I’ve even started seeing it pop up on job postings, which is very exciting to me. I’m passionate about executive presence because of what it represents: the best kind of leaders who lead with respect for themselves and others.


I’ve written about having a professional it factor in the past, but today I want to look at the easiest ways to sabotage your professional “it factor.” Here are the things that hurt your professional “it factor” faster than anything else.


Being a bully


Using your power to minimize others immediately sabotages your executive presence. If you’re a bully in the workplace, that’s all you’ll ever be. Bullies aren’t leaders. They might be powerful— unfortunately, we’ve all seen people with titles on their business cards who abuse their power— but they have no executive presence. Good leaders use their power to lift and influence others in positive ways.


Being late


From the earliest days of my career, I’ve understood the importance of being on time. Fundamentally, being late indicates a disrespect for the time of other people. Arriving on time for meetings sends a clear message of respect and interest to the other participants, and even in a time where many meetings are virtual, promptness is a timeless virtue. The caveat is that of course things happen, and you may end up running a few minutes late. But the distinction is that these moments need to be occasional, not a regular occurrence.


Having no self-awareness


Knowing how you’re being perceived by others means you’re able to recognize where you have opportunities for growth. As a professional, a sense of self-awareness is a powerful asset. What strengths do you bring to the table? What defines your worth? Where can you still improve? Being conscious of your own professional aptitude, both on a technical and social level, will give you a big leg up in the workplace.


Not being socially aware


When you walk into a room or start a new project, what energy are you bringing to the table? Are you a natural leader or do you tend to gravitate towards more supportive roles? What types of working styles do you most gel with? What working styles cause friction for you? Being conscious of the landscape of your workplace and how you fit into it is crucial. If you’re unaware of the social layout around you, you’re going to run into issues. Employees with executive presence understand the way things work on their team and work with it, not against it.


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