No. 1: Excellent Public Speaking
Great speaking skills were identified as the most important communication requirement. Leaders must be able to speak well with the press, in front of groups and one-on-one.
No. 2: Ability To Command A Room
Of the executives polled, 54% said this is a top requirement for men and 49% said the same for women. Commanding a room means getting people to listen when you speak--through gre
at speaking skills, confidence and standing tall. Moreover, if you phrase and emphasize ideas well, it will get people's attention.
No. 3: Assertiveness
Executives believe assertiveness is equally important for men and women to attain the top jobs. It means speaking up with confidence but without being confrontational.
No. 4: Emotional Intelligence
Emotional intelligence is one's ability to make others feel valued and understood. It requires good listening skills, eye contact and evoking a positive feeling in others.
No. 5: Sense Of Humor
The ability to show a sense of humor at off-the-cuff and casual conversations is also incredibly important. This requires the ability to read an audience and also have a basic understanding of the latest news and pop culture headlines.
No. 6: Good Posture And Body Language
Nonverbal communication says a lot. Body language portraying confidence signals you're leadership material. Stand tall, hold your head upright and make eye contact.