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How dare you take away my childhood. How dare you…. How dare you?
This was how Greta Thunberg, 16, challenged the ‘grown ups’ at yesterday’s UN climate emergency conference. It was impassioned and angry. So why am I saying she has executive presence and gravitas?
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Here’s the video. Greta demonstrates you don’t have to have titles or age to have executive presence and gravitas because:
- She has authentic conviction which comes from her integrity and her expertise in the topic.
- She has made an active decision to use this level of anger about the situation – she has not lost emotional control. This is part of a clear communications strategy. She knows that she has to speak truth to power now – because the level of BS is rising but there is still no practical action to get CO2 emissions down to zero by 2025.
- Look at her stillness. Even though her words are strong her body language is powerful. Good eye contact, open and up, she doesn’t fidget. This supports her presence.
Let’s see what happens next.
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