The Executive Presence Triangle

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Have you ever felt completely swept up by what is going on in your organisation, and can’t think straight, let alone lead?

Have you ever felt so vested in an outcome, you want to control how things happen? Or have you found yourself isolated and removed, and relating to those around you is entirely secondary. Executive Presence is the capacity to relate to those around you and lead in the current situation.


This Executive Presence triangle is an effective tool in executive presence triangletaking several perspectives with what is going on and finding your position of executive presence.

The three points of the triangle represent:

  • The Executive Presence point where there is no outcome. In this position, you let go of your attachment to outcomes or what ‘should’ happen. Here, you are engaged, aware of your own needs and biases yet free of them. This involves trust, acceptance, and respect for those you are with.
  • The involved point is where you are swirling in the emotions of the situation. You may be passionate and driven and are likely to be holding onto the desired outcome, or the ways of getting there. In this position, your ownership of the issue/concern is likely to be ‘over-developed’.
  • The detached point is where you are a distant observer. You may see the patterns and dynamics of the situation, and you can make observations of yourself, the situation, and what is happening around you, however, your ownership of the issue/concern is likely to be ‘under-developed’.

By moving from one point to another on this triangle, and by reflecting on your experience of being in each position, leaders discover their way forward from the point of Executive Presence. Learn more HERE.

If you want to increase your effectiveness in any situation where you become immobilized, by being overly involved or overly detached in central areas of your work, contact me.

* Based on and adapted from colleague Donna Little’s work with Nonie Lyon and the Psychosynethesis Triangle and the Karpman triangle.

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