Are You Acting Like An Executive Leader… Or Actually Becoming One?

If you’re looking to land a senior executive leadership position, you’ve likely heard this advice before:

You need to build your executive presence.

And one of the ways you’ve likely been told to build that executive presence is to start acting like an executive leader.

Makes sense, right?

Well, what is almost always missing from this conversation is the serious but subtle difference between acting like an executive and actually becoming one.

So…what is this difference?

There are three of them:




My name is Stacy Mayer and I am a promotion strategist and executive coach for corporate managers who want to step into higher levels of leadership. In this edition of Your Promotability Factor, I show you the communication skills you’ll need to master if you want to become the executive ahead of time.

Communication Skill #1: Communicating With Your Boss

Question for you: 

When you have your regular check-ins with your boss, are you communicating to them as a subject matter expert, or as an executive leader?

If you’ve struggled with this in the past, you can’t act your way out of it.

Instead, you need to shift the way that you are communicating.


You need to stop reporting on the details, and instead start speaking to the strategy.

Communication Skill #2: Communicating in Team Meetings

I want you to reflect on how you show up to team leadership meetings.

Do you want to be called on?

Are you afraid to interject?

Do you have a great idea that you struggle to voice (only to hear someone make the same suggestion later on)?

That’s what it looks like to show up to meetings without an executive presence.

So…what does it look like to communicate with executive presence?

It means focusing-in on the goal of the meeting.

It means knowing what you want to get out of it.

And it means asking questions, staying present, and tying everything you say back to your organization’s overall mission.

Communication Skill #3: Sharing Your Goals

Do you have a vision? 

Do you have a path to get there?

Does it matter to you if you reach a senior executive leadership position? 

If the answer to the questions above is a big, resounding “YES”, then make sure you are communicating this with the leadership team.

Connect with members of the leadership team who will mentor you.

Be very proactive in the conversations you have with people about what it’s actually going to take for you to get into that executive leadership position someday.

So be active and strategic in how you communicate at work.

Ask yourself:

What would an executive focus on while sitting down with their boss?

What would an executive say in this meeting?

How would an executive communicate their career aspirations?

If you would like more insights and support on becoming an executive leader in your organization (or beyond), then I invite you to join the waitlist for my 6-week small group intensive course: Executive Ahead of Time.

This is THE executive leadership program for corporate managers who want to access the skills, confidence and unparalleled support they’ll need to reach a higher level executive position in their organizations.

Go to to register for the waitlist now.

PS: If you have a question you’d like me to answer on one of my upcoming Your Promotability Factor Weekly Q&A, direct message me the answer to this question: “If you and I were to have 30-minutes together and you could get my input on anything, what specific questions would you have for me today, this week, this month?”

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