I had a conversation recently with a friend who is a fan of the TLC show, What Not to Wear. You know how it goes. Everybody’s favorite frumpy friend gets the professional makeover treatment, and Voila! The swan emerges from beneath the duckling’s feathers.
This particular episode was a little different in that it had a very relevant message for the emerging leader. The person of focus for this episode wa a young woman in her twenties who worked as a receptionist in a bank in NYC. Her clothing was not what one would describe as “professional.” She wore clothing that was more along the lines of what you would see in a junior high school rather than in a professional lending institution. One of the hosts, Clinton, made the comment, “People should dress like they are proud to be at work.”
What does this mean to you? Are our wardrobe choices sending the messages we intend? Do people, followers in particular, make judgements based on simple factors like dress?
Just something to think about.