Image or how you appear shouldn’t be an issue for a manager.
Logically, ability should be more important than image. Unfortunately, that may not always be true. There is a saying in Spanish “It is not enough to be good, you also have to look good.”
As a manager you will be expected to look professional, be competent, friendly and sincere. If you do, you will have credibility.
Physical appearance includes clothing, personal care, fitness, health and, even, sleep. If you need assistance with any of these things, try to get professional help.
Some of us are beautiful and others less attractive. That doesn’t matter so much. Another aspect of appearance does. This relates to wearing good quality, well-coordinated clothing, appropriate to your status in the company. It should be clean and well cared for. We should look good and smell good.
First impressions do matter. So take particular care when meeting someone for the first time. A negative first impression is hard to overcome. When we meet someone for the first time, we want them to see us as professional, competent and friendly.
Our image is not only based on appearance. It is also related the perception that we are capable and able to manage the roles of our position. Here are a few suggestions:
⦁ Prepare carefully
⦁ Avoid arrogance
⦁ listen to others
⦁ admit it when you are wrong
Being able to relate to people in a friendly way is another aspect of how we appear to others. Stop and chat with the people in your company. Be ready to engage in small talk ( the weather, sports, vacations, etc.)
Sincerity is vital to our standing in the organization. A reputation for honesty is invaluable. Saying something, and not believing it, is damaging because people soon learn that you are not sincere. If you promise something, do it. When someone who works for you really needs your help, do it.
THINGS TO REMEMBER
⦁ How you appear has an impact on your career
⦁ Look like an Executive
⦁ Think about first impressions