Image goes deeper than the skin. It’s about the impressions people make about you. Not just the first impressions but also the “corrected view” of you over the days and years of interaction.
As a professional in a leadership role, Image should be an ultra-important aspect of your professional life. “Optics” as its usually called @ workplace, Image management is about bringing congruence in what makes you from inside – your behavioral priorities, beliefs and values and how its projected outside.
Let’s say that you are a manager who likes to take an inclusive approach to management. You like working in a team. In fact, your inner belief is that relationships drive productivity. People and how they feel in the team drives outcomes at work. You like to listen to people, deliberate on issues till you reach a consensus. You believe that listening is an important aspect of being a manager.
Everyone like the way you manage your team. And the relationships you have nurtured over the years. You when there is a conflict in the team, you like to calm people down. Make them see how important they are for each other.
- You are a “People manager and a People’s manager”.
- You thrive on the feeling of camaraderie that you carry with you whenever you find yourself in a team situation.
- You like to take a consistent and a methodical approach to work.
- You enhance reliability in business outcomes by being putting consistent effort into work.
And now let’s look at the outward you. You wear thick coke bottle glasses, have an Einstein like hair do. The first impression is of a serious, “don’t mess with me” nerd who like to work alone.
The irony in the inner and the outer self may create a subtle level of dissonance in the impressions you leave. One self that drives on relationships faces a road bump. People around you may hesitate to reach out to you. To understand the real you.
Image consulting is not about fashion. Though one must admit, that an element of fashion may add that extra spice into coaching journey with an Image Consulting. It’s about finding the real you and then making small adjustments to the outer self to bring congruence and method to your persona. It’s a myth that Image consulting is only about grooming, etiquette and body language. It’s about presenting you in an effective way. The way you present yourself has a major impact on your personal and professional life.
Some of the questions that an Image consultant will help you answer are:
- What colors would serve you best based on your skin tone and situations?
- How to shop wisely?
- How to leave the right impression?
Having worked with many managers, especially those moving into global roles, I would reckon that a structured approach would help you make step-by-step discoveries that will unveil the “Unique You”.
You may be working hard to build you career. By hiring an image consultant, early in your career, you could set yourself apart from competition and develop a persona that truly represents you. Inside and Outside. Develop A sense of confidence and style for all occasions – personal and corporate!