Snippet of Leadership Influence Wednesday Episode 6 – What’s the deal with dressing up for success?

Your clothes do not define who you are; you are the one who define them.

You don’t have to care or be into fashion to tap into that dimension that will positively influence your career.

And, if you have a mindset of “not judging a book by it’s cover” you need to watch this episode too.


Welcome to Snippet of Leadership Influence Wednesday, your Oasis of leadership embodiment.

Your clothes do not define who you are; you are the one who define them.

It’s my favorite quote about fashion because most people think that when I tackle that topic, I will talk about what to wear and what not to wear.  That, I definitely do when an intervention is necessary, but that’s rarely the place to start because it doesn’t go at the heart of the dimension of Fashion in your leadership style.

In some of my talks and coaching, I bring up what’s behind the first 7 seconds of your 1st impression. But, most of you are at a point in your career where you already have made your first impression. So even though you only have once chance to make a first, there’s always time and space for an outside-in makeover. 

Similarly, as I was sharing in my episode about body language, your style can easily be tweaked, and you will see results on how people respond to you immediately.

Another thing to remind yourself, no matter how much you may espouse the concept of not judging a book by its cover, you do judge.  We all do.  We judge good, and we judge bad.  Look at it this way, the only function of judging in this case is to organize your thoughts based on what you know and don’t know, so that you can make a decision on how you will interact with someone. And this, happens in a flash!

…So why not help that process in YOUR favor?

Leaders who embrace a fashion style that works for them are influential because it reflects what they want to express, it enhances their body language positively and they own it.

You don’t have to care or be into fashion to project confidence and power with your attire.  You don’t have to be conservative or wear a suit either.  And, dressing like Steve Jobs or Tory Burch won’t automatically make you look cooler or smarter.  

But – being intentional and putting thoughts into wearing the best version of yourself, will. 

Share with me in the comments below or in private messaging, what is your favorite outfit to wear that makes you feel like the best version of yourself?

Until next time, thank you for watching, and I will see you next week with the dimension of Leadership Presence.

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