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November 1, 2012

Do You Have Executive Presence?

You're smart, driven, and good at what you do. But that alone won't be enough to score you a promotion or corner office. A slew of other factors that constitute "executive presence" — from your wardrobe to your ability to inspire colleagues — will also play a huge role in how far you'll go. We've broken it all down for you right here, from the big ideas to the finishing touches. So consider this the ultimate how-to guide for your brilliant career.

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GRAVITAS: WOMEN WITH MAJOR PRESENCE

ANGELINA JOLIE "There's no denying that her eyes, lips, and physique scream sex. But she's mastered a style and persona that exude power first. I'm always impressed by how, when she speaks, she uses a tone that is both sensual and bold." —Celeste Fierro, cofounder and hospitality executive, The ONE Group

OPRAH WINFREY "She always acts real no matter what the consequences, sharing how she feels as a reference point, acting as a teacher, not a preacher. Any true leader is willing to put themselves on the line like that and take a risk." —Stefani Greenfield, chief creative officer, The Jones Group

MEG WHITMAN PRESIDENT AND CEO, HEWLETT-PACKARD "Meg always speaks with confidence, drawing from her extensive experience in so many different fields. And I've always been struck by how she's not afraid to talk candidly about her ups and downs while juggling family and a successful career."—Lesley Mottla, VP, product and experience, Zipcar

IVANKA TRUMP EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, THE TRUMP ORGANIZATION "She may have her family's big brand name behind her, but Ivanka is her own person. All you have to do is watch how she speaks to other people, how she connects with them. And she always dresses appropriately for events, which is commendable, especially for a young executive. She has a real awareness of her audience." —Jenna Lee, anchor, Fox News Channel


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