Leading In Levi’s
You have to love the dress code. It’s a set of rules on what to wear in the work place, but rules are meant to be broken… Think of the employee that comes into your office who likes wearing the same shirt they wear on laundry day, or the person dressed in those grey sweat pants on a daily basis. (Are those the same pants you had on three days in a row?)
These individuals are the topics of the water cooler conversations at your work place, but most of the remarks seem to be negative. Sure, they might not have a taste in clothing that we agree with, but these negative comments always make us forget how these employees actually perform. We quickly forget that the person wearing the brown khakis with the shredded pant legs is also the same person that helped us meet our project deadline last week.
Why is it that we’re so quick to pass judgment, especially based on appearances? I’m not saying you shouldn’t look professional, especially in front of customers, but how do the clothes you wear impact your performance? After all, some of today’s greatest leaders are walking around in jeans. Look at Steve Jobs, who is at the helm one of the most successful technology companies in the world. Even in the political world, President Obama has been seen on occasion wearing jeans. Both of these individuals are greatly successful, but their appearances don’t always show it.
Today’s lesson is this: The look doesn’t matter as much as the act. Don’t cast someone out because of the way they appear. It’s who they are and how they perform which really matters.
Now, where are my fuzzy pink slippers?