There’s that saying that goes, “don’t judge a book by its cover”, but in reality, people do tend to form opinions quickly about others based on their demeanour and the image they convey. That’s why as a leader within a business, whether you’re a manager or the CEO, you need to be mindful of how you behave and the persona you project.
There’s that saying that goes, “don’t judge a book by its cover”, but in reality, people do tend to form opinions quickly about others based on their demeanour and the image they convey. That’s why as a leader within a business, whether you’re a manager or the CEO, you need to be mindful of how you behave and the persona you project. Your employees in particular will expect you to lead by example but it’s also important that you convey the image you’d like to your colleagues, customers and suppliers as well. Bear these tips in mind the next time you set foot in the office or a meeting:
Get stuck in
Showing your team or employees that you have a strong work ethic and that you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and get stuck into a job is a great way to show your dedication to the business. As someone higher up in the company you are sure to have many responsibilities, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t work alongside your colleagues and set the standard for how they should be working on a daily basis. When they see you working hard, the chances are they’ll be inspired to follow suit.
Dress for the part
The clothes you wear as well as how you carry yourself can speak volumes about who you are. Essentially, your wardrobe presents to the world a non-verbal version of your image, so you want to make sure that it communicates the desired message to others. It’s important that you remember that your appearance needs to reflect the business, so if you’re trying to tell those around you that you’re a confident, capable and successful, then be sure to dress accordingly.
Always take responsibility
Things do go wrong and people do make mistakes, so when it’s you who’s at fault, take responsibility. By showing your employees that you can admit to making a mistake and that you’re willing to be accountable, you’ll hopefully set an example for future situations in which others should consider doing the same. It shows strength of character to admit when you’ve made an error and you’ll garner more respect as a leader if you’re willing to show that you’re fine with owning your mistakes.
By arriving late to work or meetings you’ll be giving others the impression that it’s acceptable for them to do the same. Be sure you’re always on time or even early – when your employees see you hard at work bright and early in the morning, they may just feel compelled to mirror that behaviour. You want to embody those characteristics that you wish your employees to have in the hopes that they will see the things you value and then do what they can to display those themselves.
Hone those listening skills
As a leader of a business, you want to make sure that you always listen to those around you. Not only is it a sign of respect for the person you’re listening to, but by listening you can often gain valuable insights into your company and its staff. You want to be seen as someone approachable and a person who is attentive and engaging. When someone is talking to you, make eye contact with them, nod every so often and ask questions – this shows you are not just listening, but hearing what is being said. Your employees will appreciate this.
Praise, praise, praise
When one of your employees does something great, don’t hold back – praise them! Giving credit where it’s due will encourage others to try harder to achieve their goals and give those already excelling another reason to keep working hard. You want to be the kind of leader who inspires and motivates people to do their best and when people know that their work is being acknowledged, they’ll only want to continue producing praise-worthy products.
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