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What does CORE Executive Presence mean?

CORE is short for Competence, Ourselves, Reflection, and Energy. These four vital pillars of an inside out perspective of Executive presence:


COMPETENCE is the ability to have the right skills to contribute and serve. These skills can be used to become thought leaders once they are made visible via different platforms. 


OURSELVES reflects how self-awareness helps keep you present, authentic, and true to yourself. It includes aspects such as self-acceptance, values, purpose, and self-reliance.


REFLECTION is about taking a step back to define the future you. Whom do you want your future self to be and how do you want that person to come across to others? Reflection allows you to observe who your audience is and understand what they need so that you can adapt. Reflection is the first step to reading others, their unarticulated agendas. 


ENERGY is the most observable element. It comes to the fore when networking, through enhanced verbal and nonverbal communication. Energy is expressed through speech, body language, knowledge of etiquette, small talk, and even personal style. It's about exuding values and not just the latest trends.

What is CORE for Executive Presence?

CORE for Executive Presence was developed by Devika Das as unique executive coaching tool, its aim is to build a sustainable, evolving presence for senior executives.

Can CORE coaching be customized?

When it comes to executive coaching, there is no such concept as “one size fits all.” We tailor our approach for each and every client, based on an in-depth interview looking at your own personal concerns and background.

What are the methods used in CORE coaching?

CORE makes use of a wide variety of tools, including thought-provoking conversations, journaling, drawing and mindful practices.




  • Communication is part of executive presence, but it isn’t everything. Presence isn’t about power dressing, power posing or using animated conversations to influence a large group; it’s about moments of connection – both big and small.

  • Presence as a leadership skill has a serious impact on business. Short-term fixes are just that – they’re not sustainable for long-term career prospects.

  • Bringing the whole person into the conversation allows an inclusive perspective. We can all have our own brand of presence, irrespective of differences in nationality, culture, ethnicity, age, stature etc.

  • Women of color often get left out of the conversation due to perceptions of power dressing. As a woman with presence, you can wear a sari, a pantsuit, a dhuku or any other attire and still exude power. You can be an introvert or an extrovert and still retain your own style and business credibility.

Why is it important to change the conversation to inside out?

There are several reasons, here are some important ones:


  • Communication is not Executive Presence but a part of it. Presence is not about power dressing, power posing or animated conversation to influence a large group. It is about moments of connection- small and big.

  • Presence is a leadership skill impacting serious business. A short term quick fix is just a short term quick fix. Not sustainable for long term career prospects

  • Most leaders who are considered to have executive presence are men or women from North America. Bringing in the whole person into this conversation is an inclusive perspective. That we can all have our own brand of presence even if there are differences in national culture, ethnicity, age, stature, etc.  

  • Women of color in the global idea of a power dressing woman gets left out in the conversation. As a woman with presence, you can wear a sari, a pantsuit, a dhuku and still be a woman with presence. You can be an introvert and extrovert or an ambivert and all you can have your own style.

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