This may come as a shocker to you…
It doesn’t matter if you’re the smartest guy at the office or not to be promoted at work.
Oftentimes the guy that gets that opportunity isn’t always the most qualified.
You’re probably wondering, “How could that be true?”
Keep reading to find out…
Remember a time when you left home feeling more confident than usual.
You likely carried yourself in a way that was more open and approachable since you felt like you could take on anything!
At the office your co-workers were even more interested in what you had to say.
Throughout the day strangers were more friendly.
How did that make you feel?
Probably great. There’s a good chance that what you were wearing had something to do with that.
Consider this stat…
Over 90% of communication is non-verbal which includes our body language and how we present ourselves
Executive presence, career success, leadership material — whatever you want to call it is influenced by more than just how well you do your work.
The CEO of the Center For Talent Innovation, Sylvia Ann Hewlett, argues that being perceived as “leadership material” is just as important to career success as how you perform at work.
The key takeaway is that by projecting the qualities of a man who is in charge or who deserves to be, people will treat you accordingly.
Inspiring others through your confidence and trustworthy judgment gains you credibility.
67% of senior executives say this makes up the majority of your executive presence according to Forbes Magazine.
How do you present yourself in a way that can benefit your career?
It’s actually much easier than you may think…
Begin with building a “fool-proof” wardrobe (this Free Style Guide is a great place to start).
If you’re like a lot of guys who wake up early in the morning and scramble out the door to get to work on time, the last thing you want to do is think about what you have to wear.
Build your closet around interchangeable looks that are so easy to put together that you could close your eyes, grab anything, and look great!
This includes focusing on timeless style rather than just trendy pieces.
Doing so guarantees that you won’t have to replace clothes often since you can trust that they will always be relevant. This makes you appear well informed — another quality of successful leaders.
Maintenance of your clothes is just as important as having the right ones
Forbes Magazine also says, 76% of senior executives believe that wrinkled, stained, or faded clothes lower a man’s chances of becoming a leader.
You’ve likely heard it before — the devil is in the details.
In other words, the small details can make a big difference. When you only have a few seconds to make a great impression in a business meeting or presentation it’s important to have all your bases covered.
Ever wonder why we were always taught never to judge a book by its cover when we were kids? It’s human nature to make snap judgements all day, every day.
Malcolm Gladwell wrote a New York Times Best Seller about this topic alone.
It’s a survival tool that’s spilled over into our professional and personal lives since we’re overwhelmed with an average of 60,000 thoughts per day.
Think about that…
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it for you. If you’d like me to personally help you get results we need to talk…