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Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success, by Sylvia Ann Hewlett

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The prologue sets up Executive Presence so engagingly with the story of the author, a clever Welsh girl from the valleys, turning up to her interview at Oxford University dressed in a clearance sale C&A fox fur – complete with beady eyes, claws and a tail – chosen by her mother to help her fit in. But then things go awry.

Let’s start with the title. Do you want to be described as ‘an executive’? My associations run from underappreciated assistants through grey middle management to George Clooney in Up in the Air. Just about any other word would have been better…

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