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Rotman Executive Presence

Inspire confidence, whether virtually or in-person.

There's a difference between being a boss and being a leader. Rotman's Executive Presence workshop provides you with the tools to improve your motivation, body language, and emotional intelligence so you become and present the way you want to be seen.

Your presence includes your gestures, gaze, voice and more. Each plays a part in building other people's impressions of you, their perception of your ability to lead, your confidence, and capability. Leadership is more than what you say, it is how you are heard.


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Whether you intend it or not, our emotions unconsciously play out on our faces and in our body language and can send mixed messages to both your team and those above you. By learning to consciously investigate and reshape your mental frames and habitual emotional patterns, you can improve your ability to lead others, boost cooperation between departments, and prove you’re ready for the next level of your career.

Using the lens of a psychologist with extensive experience and expertise in self-development and leadership training, Professor Maja Djikic will help you refine the way you present yourself to the world so you can inspire confidence in others.

Maja Djikic, Featured Faculty

Associate Professor, OBHR, Rotman School of Management

Maja Djikic, Ph. D. is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management and the Director of Self-Development Laboratory at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. She is a psychologist specializing in the field of personality development. Her work examines means of developing a congruent and flexible self. She has been a post-doctoral fellow with Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking at Rotman School of Management, and Psychology Department at Harvard University.

She has published more than 30 articles and book chapters in the area of personality development in journals such as Psychological Science, Journal of Research in Personality, Creativity Research Journal, New Ideas in Psychology, etc.  Her research has been featured in The New York Times, Salon, Slate, The Scientific American Mind, and many other media outlets.

You’ll build the motivational stance necessary to develop trust, rapport, and inspired action with your colleagues. Each participant will also receive:

  • A five-channel framework for expression
  • A body language checklist
  • A one-on-one session of expert body language analysis.

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Technical Requirements

Any virtual components of this program will be delivered over Zoom and requires access to this platform. Terms and conditions for Zoom usage can be found here: This program requires a stable internet connection, the latest version of the Google Chrome internet browser, and use of a microphone. Access to a webcam is preferred but optional.

Application Process

Before beginning the application process, please review the application policies. To apply, complete the online application form.

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Each application is reviewed by Rotman's admissions committee to ensure participants have the appropriate academic and work experience.

Participant Notification Process

If space is available and eligibility requirements are met, participants will receive a notice of admission within 10 days of receipt of a completed application and fee deposit.


A deposit of 50% of the program fee (or $4,000) is required at time of application. If the full fee is not paid at the time of application, the balance of the program fee is due 30 days after receipt of invoice or 30 days before program start date, whichever is first. Fees will be refunded to those not accepted into the program.

HPRA Seal This program has been approved for 5.5 CPD hours under Section A of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Log of the Human Resource Professionals Association (HRPA).

This program can count towards earning your Excellence in Executive Leadership certificate. Join an elite circle of leaders building their own path to professional development and receive official recognition from the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management.


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Dates and fees

2 half days plus a one-on-one personal feedback session

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September 12-13, 2024

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September offering:
In-person at the Rotman School of Management
Toronto, ON

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Participant profile:
Managers and professionals who want to dramatically improve personal presentation to increase the impact of their communication. Leaders who want to intentionally improve their emotional intelligence. 

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September 2024 offering:
$2,750 CAD + HST

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