What Affects Executive Image?

Executive Image has been a  buzzword around our office for the past few years.  We have surveys about whether so-and-so portrays an executive image  – rank them from 1 to 5.  We have also gotten feedback during our reviews on our personal executive image – Do you have a good one?  Do you need to work on it?  What do you do that detracts from your executive image?

So, what is it?  What affects this elusive concept of Executive Image?

This is the first in a series that will discuss the various components of Executive Image and will give tips on how to improve yours.

Some of the items to be covered include:

  • Appearance
  • Clothing
  • Confidence
  • Decision Making
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Gender

Can you think of others?  What else would you like to delve into in a bit more detail?

I’ll start next week with Appearance and expect it will cover a few weeks of discussion.  Subcategories will include:

  • Teeth
  • Hair
  • Skin
  • Genetics
  • Corporate War Paint (aka Makeup)
  • Weight

What do you think?  Are you looking forward to it?  Think you already know all there is to know about this?  Any resources you rely on regarding this topic?

6 Responses to What Affects Executive Image?

  1. Wow. I would fail. I’m an executive assistant, and there’s lots of pressure there to maintain the executive image. But I don’t wear makeup, and I’m overweight. I do dress professionally and keep my hair well maintained, but I do feel that people look negatively at the lack of makeup and my weight. It seems that a lot of emphasis is put on appearance in many offices. While it is important, if you look the part and are incompetent, it shouldn’t matter. If you are competent, then your appearance shouldn’t be as important.

    • I agree wholeheartedly. Competence should be what matters.

      I am also a Gen x’er and apparently that is a characteristic of our generation. That was a new idea for me anyway… Baby Boomers value time in the saddle – Gen X value competence over experience. I forget the Gen Y value…

      I am overweight also and while I do wear makeup – it’s usually to cover up “blemishes” aka zits. Yep, one of the lucky few that gets both wrinkles and acne at the same time! Yay me! :) Thank you for leaving a comment Mrs. B! :) enjoy the laundry this fine Sat afternoon….

  2. Hey MIM, please keep up the Executive Image series. I’m a 40+ working mom who puts in 50+ hours a week and struggles to keep up with what “image” we should project while trying to keep groceries in the house. Recently, I realized my best suits were all 6 to 10 years old and I was perilously close to frumpy. I cleaned out the closet but dread the thought of facing the business professional racks for updated duds. Same with make up, hair, nails and all the things we are judged on. I’m all about finding ways to update without shopping in the 20-something stores. Look forward to learning more.

    • Hi Marion,

      Thank you so much for leaving this comment. Sometimes it’s hard to know what information is going to resonate the most with people. I will definitely get back on this. I did write one – Does this Salary Make my Butt Look Big? About weight and executive image, but I haven’t gotten into clothing too much yet. It is really the meat of first impressions too. I do know that wearing jackets is an easy and great way to dress up any outfit and if you are already in suits, then you are 4 steps ahead of me already!

      My mom always said that the suits and clothing you buy should be classics, not fads and therefore they will be in style for decades. I bet that’s why they are your best suits and would guess they are still in style. I will pursue it though, promise!

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