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The Three Pillars of Executive Presence: Gravitas, Communication, and Appearance #054

Welcome to “The Present Professional”, your go-to podcast for unlocking the secrets to personal and professional development. Hosts John and Tony embark on an illuminating journey into the realm of executive presence, unraveling its essence and uncovering the key pillars that underpin it.


John and Tony explore the concept of executive presence, discussing its three pillars: gravitas, communication, and appearance. They reference Sylvia Ann Hewitt’s book “Executive Presence” and emphasize the importance of self-awareness, self-management, and relationship management in developing executive presence. They delve into topics such as confidence, decisiveness, effective communication, and grooming, highlighting the significance of taking care of one’s mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health as the foundation for building executive presence.

Hosts Bio

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John Marshall

The Founder of Humessence, International Coaching Federation Professional Certified Coach (ICF-PCC), National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC), co-host of The Present Professional Podcast, and experienced Yoga and meditation teacher with a highly developed business acumen. John’s ex-corporate career of nearly a decade with ExxonMobil and brief experiences with three other Fortune 100 companies enable him to combine transformational coaching practice with his global enterprise background. He has 5+ years of experience teaching Yoga and meditation and continues to teach weekly, fueling his passion for and commitment to nurturing the mind-body connection.

Tony Holmes

Tony Holmes is a leadership development and diversity professional from Houston, TX. He has managed change and scaled impact across multiple sectors as a consultant, coach, and leader. At the United Way of Greater
Houston, he designs talent programming and leads the organization’s strategy to center equity across all operations and programs. Tony is an Intellectual Contributor and Guest Facilitator for Humessence in the space of Diversity and Inclusion, and a co-host of the Present Professional Podcast. 


In this episode, John and Tony discuss executive presence and its three pillars: gravitas, communication, and appearance. They stress the importance of self-awareness and self-management. Citing examples from Sylvia Ann Hewitt’s book “Executive Presence.” They explore how confidence, decisiveness, and effective communication contribute to executive presence. They also touch on the significance of grooming and physical appearance. Overall, they emphasize the role of holistic self-care in developing executive presence and leadership skills.

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