Whether you’re leading a team meeting or giving a presentation, executive presence is a vital skill in business and life. Your gravitas and ability to communicate effectively can make the difference in achieving your goals. Executive presence isn’t something you’re necessarily born with, but you can develop it.

In this course, you will learn the fundamental concepts of executive presence, strategies to help develop them, and alert yourself to the pitfalls if you don’t. 

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How It Works

Showcase your Certificate and digital badge to show mastery of Executive Presence foundations.

Self Paced

5 Hours

5 hr./ Week

100% Online

Asynchronous, Self-paced

Free Content, $69 Certificate & Digital Badge

The Certificate course prepares you to take the next step in your leadership journey by learning the fundamentals concepts of executive presence.


1: Course Introduction

This section of the course will provide a brief introduction to the topic of executive presence components.

2: Appearance

Appearance is the first essential component of executive presence. You will learn more about what aspects of appearance are important, as well as some of the major pitfalls to avoid.

3: Communication

Communication is the second essential component of executive presence. It is not just what we say, but what we communicate through non-verbal cues and gestures to build greater executive presence and learn major pitfalls to avoid.

4: Gravitas

Gravitas is the third essential component of executive presence. A stronger sense of gravitas, trust and influence can be built with the key tips shared in this section of the course.

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What You'll Earn

Certificate of Program Completion

Issued by University of North Florida Division of Continuing Education and Coggin College of Business.

Digital Badge

Issued by University of North Florida Division of Continuing Education and Coggin College of Business.

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Register today and explore all the content of the certificate for free and learn more about how to develop your executive presence.

Meet the Creator of the Program

Lakshmi Goel, Ph.D.

Dr. Lakshmi Goel is a professor of information systems at the University of North Florida Coggin College of Business. She holds an endowed chair in strategic management and has taught various courses in management, information systems, business analytics and strategy. Her research interests include knowledge sharing, learning and collaboration through information technologies and her work has been published in top-tier research journals such as the MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Journal, the Journal of the Association of Information Systems and various others.


Edythe M. Abdullah, J.D.

Dr. Edythe Abdullah has 35 years of experience in higher education. Edythe is Dean of Continuing Education, a university auxiliary. Prior to her position at UNF Dr. Edythe M. Abdullah was President of Essex County College in New Jersey and Campus President of the Downtown Campus of Florida State College Jacksonville. Dr. Abdullah was a member of the UNF Board of Trustees between 2003 and 2010. Currently, she serves on the World Affairs Council Advisory Board, various industry associations and as a Jacksonville Chamber Trustee and Council member. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida and earned her bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University. She also holds a Leadership Certificate in the Management of Lifelong Education from Harvard University and was a Kellogg Fellow.

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