What's 'Presence' and How Can You Get It?

Presence is an increasingly big part of what it means to be a leader, in the boardroom, at the dinner table or on Twitter. How can you get it? WSJ's Elizabeth Holmes discusses on Lunch Break with Lee Hawkins. Photo: iStock / PeopleImages

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