How would you like more valuable, easy-to-follow advice that helps you convey power at work? Read on! Here are three important tips to help you look like the leader you are (or want to be).
Take a pointer from George. George Washington, that is. According to the history books, Washington really, really, REALLY wanted the Second Continental Congress to appoint him to the top military post in the battle against England. Washington ordered a special military uniform made for him, which he wore when he appeared at the Second Continental Congress. He cut an impressive figure, which was an important part of his landing the job. (Of course, his prior military leadership experience had a little something to do with it, also!)
Once appointed to commander, he led his army through tremendous struggles to victory, then served as our nation’s first president. Today, George Washington is revered as the father of our country and seems an almost god-like figure: wise, benevolent, powerful.
You, too, can look like a leader by dressing the part. And you’ll certainly be memorable if you wear a custom-made military uniform at work.
- Find a real leader, then emulate him or her. Of course, this automatically makes you a look like a follower. The leader is the sun, radiating power and energy. You, sadly, are but the moon, reflecting the leader’s light. That’s why it’s critical to remind yourself—silently, please!—that you are a leader in training. You can hope that some of those traits and qualities, will, by the process of osmosis, become you.
Warning! Do not remain overlong in this follower phase. Learn quickly and then move forward and…
- Stand apart from the others. A general rarely mingles with everyday soldiers; a conductor stands above the orchestra; a king overlooks the commoners. Do not, REPEAT, do not stand and chitchat with others at the water cooler, microwave or the photocopy machine. Cultivate a sense of separateness, then use occasional flashes of warmth to disarm and charm your colleagues.
There you have it. Go forth and lead… or at least look like you are!
And, please, leave a comment. What are your look-like-a-leader suggestions?
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