In our globalized environment, a powerful impression is imperative to make sure the perception of you is exactly how you want it to be. According to LinkedIn, leadership is the top soft skill employers are looking for in 2018.
Leadership is showcased through a massive number of factors ranging from the way you communicate, how you interact and the way you look.
How to discover and use your potential to your advantage is the biggest question. After you have in-depth education, content knowledge and job skills, what is next? How do you reach the higher goal you have always worked towards?
Leading a team locally in India or globally, and being successful in your everyday business dealings, presentations and high level negotiations requires you to have control over what you portray to others.
Voice modulation speaks volumes about you. How can you speak so well that you are understood completely and respected? This is where tone, volume and speed come in. In an argument you must have heard the saying
‘it’s not what you said but how you said it’.
This is the underlying factor in the majority of misunderstandings and there is no place more important for this than in the corporate world.
Understanding your communication style
Are you passive, aggressive or assertive? Understanding your style as well as that of the other person is of utmost importance to build relationships and bridge any gaps, whether it is face to face, via telephone or through emails.
What messages are you sending out with your body language? There are thousands of postures, gestures and facial expressions that we use every day. But are you using the correct ones so that you create more favorable situations in your life?
Projecting the right image by dressing attractively and appropriately to yourself and the occasion gives you the confidence to feel positive about yourself. If you feel positive you will behave in a positive manner. One cannot afford to feel awkward, shy or out of place because of the way one looks. All this has an effect on how other people perceive you and therefore how they will treat you.
How to choose the right clothing shapes for your unique body shape, wearing the right accessories, and using colours and patterns to your advantage are some of the major elements of creating a fabulous image. You can actually create your persona for leadership situations to look authoritative, classic and capable.
“self-development and improving relationships vastly increase your chance of success in leadership roles.”
However, we are all unique with varied strengths and requirements. The key lies in personalisation and motivation for ongoing learning and implementation.
Those with a firm goal in sight are guaranteed to be heading towards the aspiration. The same aspiration they have already been so diligently working towards.
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Author: Dipti Divekar
Dipti Divekar is director at Perceptions 360 and an expert in Leadership & Cross-Cultural Training.