Shital Kakkar Mehra, Leading Executive Presence Coach for CEO’s
Shital Kakkar Mehra is the Leading Executive Presence Coach for CEOs. She has trained over 45,000 professionals. She is the author of the books: “Business Etiquette” and “Executive Presence: The P.O.I.S.E Formula for Leadership.”
Executive Presence! A quality that leaders aspire to build but struggle to explain explicitly. The term encapsulates several characteristics that need to be developed over time to become an exceptional leader that people aspire to follow.
What entails the meaning of the term? How to cultivate it? Is it intrinsic, or can it be developed? We know you have multiple queries, and we have all answered by today’s expert on Executive Presence, Ms. Shital Kakkar Mehra.
About Shital Kakkar Mehra
Shital Kakkar Mehra is the Leading Executive Presence Coach for CEOs. She has trained over 45,000 professionals. She is the author of the books: “Business Etiquette” and “Executive Presence: The P.O.I.S.E Formula for Leadership.” Shital is also a co-founder of an organisation called Katalyst for underprivileged girls. She is also the founder of GoBarefoot, a networking platform for development professionals.
Shital starts the discussion by explaining the term, “Executive Presence” which she calls easy to spot and tough to define. She explains, “Anybody who is currently in a leadership role or aspires for one, understands that it is a critical leadership skill which very quickly displays to others your ability to get the job done.”
Shital draws a parallel of skill set for executive presence with that of climbing Everest.
Shital has authored a book, titled, “Executive Presence: The P.O.I.S.E Formula for Leadership.”
She lays down the POISE formula for our audience:
P: Physical Presence
She calls it the tip of the iceberg, but an important element. Shital explains the importance of first impressions and non-verbal communication.
O: Online Presence
Shital explains the reasons to manage one’s social media presence and ensure what is one’s brand communicating.
I: Influencer Presence
Shital explains it as an ability to influence decision-making and the ability to understand that the role of the leader is always that of a motivator.
S: Stage Presence
With stage presence, she focuses on the importance of one’s public speaking skills.
The ability to make networks is equally paramount as the above-stated elements.
Creating Online Presence
As social media presence is one of the important elements of POISE, Shital further explains, “It is important to understand that you have to create opaque walls between your personal life and professional life.”
She lists the points to consider while posting about her personal life on Facebook and Instagram. Shital further talks about the more professional social media platforms like Twitter and LinkedIn.
To build one’s social media presence, she also delves into the importance of investing in yourself by getting a better camera, noise-canceling headphones, etc., and most importantly by understanding what is it that one wants to communicate.
Shital explains the importance of personal branding and says, “You are your CEO.” She explains how building executive presence and personal branding is a skill that can be learned over time.
To build one’s brand, she lays down the key points to remember.
- Brands need investment.
- Brands need visibility.
- Brands need promotions
Food for Thought
Shital has also authored a book on Business Etiquette, which she feels every young professional should keep as a guide when (s)he enters the corporate world. She explains it to be a guidebook with skills that are not taught ins schools and colleges.
At last, she lays down the three lessons for our audience:
- You are the CEO of your brand
- You have to create win-win relationships
- Make investments in yourself and be guilt-free when you make those investments.
Shital Kakkar Mehra is India’s leading Executive Presence Coach for CEOs. With over 20 years’ of experience, Shital has personally trained over 45,000 professionals across Asia, including numerous CEOs from leading multinational and progressive domestic companies.
Her reputation as a cutting-edge expert comes from her depth of knowledge and the unique way she blends the Indian corporate ethos, with global best-in-class practices. Shital has conducted workshops for a diverse set of organizations across Asia and has been as a guest speaker by leading management institutes and associations