Gravitas skills are key to unlocking door to Britain’s boardrooms for women, says expert

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Written on 5 March 2015 in News

Less than 25 per cent of board members of FTSE 100 companies are women

Britain’s boardrooms would change from ‘male and pale’ if more would-be leaders learnt to develop the skill of gravitas, according to author and leadership communications coach, Antoinette Dale Henderson.

Speaking as her new book Leading with Gravitas is published, she said:  “Women, younger people and people from ethnic minorities often face particular challenges in tackling misconceptions about gravitas needed for the boardroom and that needs to stop.

“Gravitas is not an inherent trait – but it is an essential skill for successful leaders. My aim is to turn the old-school image of gravitas on its head and demonstrate that it’s a skill that can be developed by anyone who wants to fulfil their potential as a manager or leader. This book will help anyone, no matter what level of experience to use their own individuality to command respect and make a lasting impression and.“

The book aims to demystify the concept of ‘gravitas’ through exploring what it means for Britain’s successful leaders. Using a six-key model, it explores what the reader can do to develop their own gravitas and leadership style through practical exercises and tools. 

Leading with Gravitas is based on research conducted with a broad range of leaders including politicians, business and community executives, small business owners and entrepreneurs. The book advises what the reader can do to develop their own gravitas and leadership style through practical exercise and tools which allow the reader to:
•Gain a clear understanding of the vital components of gravitas – how they currently perform and what they can do to improve
•Increase awareness of their unique expertise and qualities as an authentic leader 
•Access a range of powerful techniques to help communicate and present with impact 
•Enhance their confidence, influence and ability to inspire others and deliver results
•Harness their passion and individuality to maximise leadership presence and project their best self.



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