• Authentic Gravitas

  • Who Stands Out and Why
  • By: Rebecca Newton
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Newton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Have a powerful impact - by being more like yourself rather than less, through this groundbreaking approach taught at the London School of Economics and companies worldwide.

Organizational psychologist and executive coach Rebecca Newton has found that even her most successful clients still want more of one quality: gravitas. They want their words to carry weight, to have a positive, lasting impact on those around them. 

Gravitas can seem like an elusive, intangible quality, but it isn't about adopting the style of another or being someone you're not. Newton draws on extensive research and experience coaching business leaders to show what underpins authentic gravitas and how anyone can develop it. She presents the counterintuitive idea that in order to be valued, we shouldn't spend all our time and energy trying to stand out from the crowd; instead, we should focus on the crowd - connecting with others and understanding their needs in order to make a significant difference.

Newton debunks the myths of gravitas and gives listeners the practical tools to develop it by:

  • Minimizing the gaps between intention, action, and impact
  • Remaining true to yourself while adapting to work successfully with people who have different styles
  • Choosing to be courageous regardless of how confident you feel - as you engage in courageous behaviors, confidence naturally builds

Authentic gravitas extends beyond commanding presence in the room during a key meeting; it's about the small things you can do beforehand, during, and in all the spaces in between - to be someone who genuinely adds substantive value in the workplace and beyond.

©2019 Penguin Audio (P)2019 Rebecca Newton

Critic Reviews

"Gravitas must be caused by an agent acting constantly according to certain laws, and Rebecca Newton has found those laws. It doesn't take confidence to matter, but it does take courage." (Seth Godin, New York Times best-selling author of This is Marketing)

"A powerful, practical resource for people looking to bring their best self to work, and for leaders who want to equip others to do the same.” (Melissa Daimler, former head of learning & organizational development at Adobe, Twitter, and WeWork)

“Shortly after taking on my first senior leadership position, I was critiqued for needing ‘more gravitas.’ While I was not precisely sure what this meant, it resonated. The insight in Authentic Gravitas would have given me the permission and pathway to establish it with sincerity and purpose. Twelve years on, I am still on the journey and know that many others are too. How wonderful that we now have a resource, based on evidence and experience, to drive positive results - with gravitas.” (Shanelle Hall, Deputy Executive Director and Assistant Secretary General of UNICEF)

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This book is filled with actionable direction and insight for cultivating true confidence, command of a room and calm in whatever kind of group we are looking to impact. Highly recommend.