Executive Presence is the “amalgam of qualities that telegraphs that you are in charge or deserve to be.” Surprise, surprise: For women, “good grooming” is the physical trait that most impacts their Executive Presence.
Sylvia Ann Hewlett wrote a book on Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit And Success. In an interview with Forbes, she says:
“Appearing polished and “put together” is less about what you wear, per se, but how you wear it. In effect, looking well groomed requires being 1) appropriate and authentic, 2) attractive but not sexy, and 3) chic but not trendy or high fashion.”