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‘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

‘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

Having a powerful, meaningful impact on others is not about being the most dominant person in the room; it’s about being intentional, curious, and courageous.

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 readers 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 behaviours, 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.

Critics Review

  • A must-read for leaders who want to bring out the best in themselves and their people. The robust tools in this book will help you to identify practical ways to drive value and make a significant, meaningful impact

    Heidi K Gardner, author of Smart Collaboration and Distinguished Scholar, Harvard Law School
  • We need more leaders with gravitas-people who are authentic, humble, and wise. Rebecca is one of a rare breed, a business psychologist as well as a genuine scholar-her book is full of practical wisdom and academic insight on how gravitas can be nurtured

    London School of Economics and Political Science
  • For anyone who feels overlooked and underappreciated, Authentic Gravitas dispels the myth that gravitas is inherited rather than deliberatively developed. Newton reframes gravitas as a direct reflection of one’s ability and willingness to add value. In an age where it can feel like the loudest voice wins, this book shows that value-add trumps vainglory.

    Jane Mosbacher Morris, founder and CEO of To the Market and author of Buy the Change You Want to See
  • Rebecca Newton presents an approach to leadership that is both profoundly true and immensely practical. Essential reading for all leaders and aspiring leaders who want to succeed on their own terms

    Jim Prior, Global CEO of Superunion, WPP
  • Authentic gravitas is not about power or position but about how to lead with character and dignity. This book will certainly challenge your thinking and hopefully your behavior, as it has mine. A must-read

    Flip Flippen, New York Times-bestselling author of The Flip Side
  • 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

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