A vital skill for professionals looking to accelerate their career in the public sector is the ability to progress from being a manager to an influential leader. This is even more difficult especially when most communication is now done online.

The skills of an excellent leader; including how to remotely act, speak and present effectively, can all be learned, developed and realised through good practice and self-evaluation.

Book our bespoke ‘Projecting Powerful Leadership Presence’ for your teams to learn the traits of an influential leader, understand how to command a room and how to use body language to exert their personal influence.

Develop their communication skills, enhance their confidence and boost their ability to lead their teams with an elevated sense of credibility. All delegates will leave with a heightened capacity to influence other senior leaders when it really counts.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discover what it means to have a powerful executive presence and how this can help further your career
  • Learn about the traits of an influential leader and how to develop your own leadership style
  • Understand how to command and hold a room when it counts
  • Know how to engage with your audience, use body language and exert your personal power and influence
  • Receive expert advice and feedback on your presence, gravitas and impact to be able to develop these skills further in the workplace
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

Enquire About In-House Training

To speak to someone about a bespoke training programme, please contact us:
0800 542 9414
[email protected]


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09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Trainer’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:30

Traits of an Influential Leader

  • Explore and identify the different leadership styles and traits of a good leader
  • Learn how to actively listen and engage with your team and other senior leaders
  • Analyse the importance of first impressions and how to polish these
  • Identify the leadership style which suits you and your organisation’s culture
10:30 - 11:00

Personality and Emotional Intelligence

  • Understanding the effect of yours and others’ emotions across different, varied interactions
  • Knowing yourself and identifying your own personality traits
  • Perceiving others and how to deal with different personalities
  • Developing empathy and techniques to communicate effectively
11:00 - 11:15

Morning Break

11:15 - 13:00

Using Communication to Build Trust, Credibility, Confidence and Influence

  • Understand ways to develop trust through powerful communication
  • Develop speaking skills and assertiveness in your presence
  • Learn how to build credibility to improve personal presence
  • The importance of preparation, especially for high stakes meetings and interactions
  • Focus on clarity, confidence and authority to exert power and influence
  • How to engage with and influence a group of other senior leaders who may have competing interests
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 16:00

Workshop: Establishing and Executing Your Executive Presence

Work with the Trainer in a number of interactive role play activities to put the skills you’ve learned from the day into practice

  • Learn and practise how to command a room
  • Know how to conduct yourself with assurance and gravitas
  • Focus on how you act, how you speak and how you communicate through your body language
  • Reflect on your habits to develop a confident leadership style, and putting this into practice
  • The importance of continuous feedback, self-reflection and self-evaluation
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close