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. But I had questions—is it okay to want it, what is it, and how do I get it? 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 expertise and diversity of experience. This book will help individuals and organizations intentionally and courageously drive positive culture and results—with gravitas.
Rebecca dispels the myth of that ‘mythical something’ that few people seem to possess but we all seek to have: to have weight, value, influence; to catch and keep the attention of others. Delving into what makes gravitas, and the personal beliefs and habits that get in the way of embodying it, Rebecca helps the reader realize that gravitas, which is seemingly innate, spontaneous, and effortless in those who have it, is actually the results of practice and preparation. Rebecca’s book is a guide to being who we are, in the best possible way.
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.
Newton elegantly weaves academic insight and deep hands-on experience into a convincing illumination of our understanding of gravitas. A must-read for leaders and coaches alike.
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
Full of thought-provoking ideas and practical gems that will help you build gravitas and make you a stronger leader.
It is great to see a book that gets to the heart of what it means to influence well and how to do it. A must-read.
The most successful leaders in business today have - as Rebecca frames it - authentic gravitas, and develop it in their people and teams. This book is a powerful, practical resource for people looking to bring their best self to work, and to enable others to do the same.
Rebecca Newton’s book Authentic Gravitas gives leaders a practical roadmap to achieve two things: a way to be much more effective in how they communicate; and, at the same time, a way to do this that is true to who they are. Every leader I know should read this book.
Dr Elsbeth Johnson
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
We need more leaders with gravitas—people who are authentic, humble, and wise. Rebecca is one of a rare bread, 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.
Alexander (Sandy) Pepper