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Are You Leadership Material? ‘Gravitas’ Defined

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"When you walk into a room do people turn their turn their heads? Do people gravitate toward you? Do they turn to you in the midst of chaos?"

That's how Sandra Scharf, senior vice president at the Center for Talent Innovation, summed up "gravitas"--a key factor distinguishing professionals who make to the C-suite from those who don't.

During a presentation last year, Scharf used the information in this graphic to summarize six specific traits associated with gravitas based on the Center's survey of nearly 4,000 senior leaders in various industries.

For more information on "gravitas" and other components of "executive presence," read Scharf's article, "Are You Leadership Material? 'Executive Presence' Defined," on

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