October 29, 2023

Leadership Presence: Why Does "Appearance" Matter?

Dear Uncommon Leaders, 

The next several issues will focus on something I call “Leadership Presence.” This means how you are experienced by others as a leader. There are several key elements in Leadership Presence and this week we will focus on your appearance.

Continue growing and moving forward this week!

Your Sunday Nugget

This Week's Question:

Why does my appearance as a leader matter?

This Week's Challenge: 

As leaders, if we are to set an example for others, make positive impressions and even give our customers confidence in our leadership, then our appearance matters. It is communicating something.

This week, your challenge is to tune in to your own appearance and evaluate how you’re showing up. Are there adjustments you may need to make?

I know this can be a sensitive topic and there is so much variety in what is acceptable appearance based on your role and company. However, here are a few things you might want to check:

Attire: Does what I wear match what I and my company want to project? Is it clean? Is it pressed? Do I overdress for my role? Do I underdress for my role?

Grooming: Does my personal grooming project professionalism?

Accessories: Are my keys or other accessories a hindrance to projecting professionalism?

A best practice: Have someone take some pictures of you and your team in action at work. Have them send you the photos and evaluate your appearance. Do you look professional or does it look like operations have beat you up a bit? Remember, your appearance is communicating something. Take account and try making some adjustments as necessary.

This Week's Quote to Ponder:

"A professional image is a silent way of speaking." – Lynn Mikolajczak

Until next week,


W. Kevin Harrison

Founder and Executive Coach

Uncommon Influence

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