Is it time to update your leadership wardrobe? You change wardrobes each season why not think about your leadership styles and skills in the same sense? As a career and life coach with a past in fashion I know what it means to be on trend. I can tell you what your power outfit is and how to create a great first impression. At work however, your power outfit isn’t just in the form of clothing, it’s also in the form of your attitude. The perfect outfit can be completely overshadowed by your work persona, ie your leadership style. Here are 5 leadership fashion faux pas personas to stop doing now.
Resting Bitch Face. Yep this is a little blunt but perception is powerful and it’s an important lesson. If you’re walking around the office looking miserable, people will make assumptions that you’re unhappy or not approachable. It’s important to realize that 50% of communication is non-verbal. Keep this in mind as you’re walking around the office and smile. Be someone that people want to be around and can approach for help or career advice.
Miss Know it All. NO ONE wants to work with a know it all. The person who inserts their opinion in every conversation and believes it’s their way or the high way. To be an effective leader you have to be willing to hear all sides to make decisions. Don’t immediately assume you’re right on every issue. Be open to others solutions or ideas and use this to build your leadership skill set. Think fashion, there are multiple trends and designers that are changing each season. Be willing to evolve your thought process and ideas by leveraging the strengths of others.
Solo Artist. This persona is the woman that is typically Type A, believing that they can manage everything the best way possible. They typically take on too much and end up stressed and exhausted from taking on the world. Delegation is key to any successful leader. If you want people to see your brilliance you have to free up time to be able to focus on things that will help you shine. If you’re not familiar or skilled in a particular project, ask for help! Create your own power team or strategic partnership, a group of people that each brings something to the table. Think of H&M, yes they have great designers but how much better is their product offering when they can bring in Alexander Wang to create more design offerings?
Gossip Girl. Your wardrobe may have uncanny comparisons to Blair Waldorf but it doesn’t mean you need to take on her gossiping ways. Gossip can kill your career by diminishing your credibility and trust as a leader. Gossip never reflects well on the person spreading it. Gossip not only hurts your character but when you do get promotions to higher leadership positions it can impact how you’re seen and respected on your team. Do yourself a favor, stay out of the gossip triangle and focus on the work that you’re paid to do. Don’t let gossip consume your energy, focus your energy and attention on the things that will benefit your career.
Deadline Diva. Do you frequently miss deadlines? Missing deadlines can impact the success of your team or workplace and reflects poorly on you. The person that misses deadlines can be seen as disorganized, aloof, or someone that views their time as a priority over others. Think big picture, if you miss your deadline what else are you holding up in the process? It’s not just about you and your workload it’s the additional workload or stress that is created for others. If you want to be a leader, you need to think big picture about how your work (as boring or interesting as it is) is impacting others. Time management and prioritization is key to success as a leader. A tip, every day when you come in the office write down a to-do list that is deadline oriented. Be mindful of the deadlines and block up time in your calendar to manage projects that have deadlines approaching.
Is it time to change your leadership style?
Denver Career & Life Coach for young professional women, Motivational Speaker