Thursday

Are Leaders Judged by Their Clothes?

So here's an interesting question to all you CEOs and future CEOs: do clothes make the man or woman?

What prompted this question was Mark Zuckerberg wearing a hoodie when he met with potential investors in NY this week for Facebook's IPO.

Here is what Bloomberg TV  reported:  "Wearing a hoodie to a meeting with potential investors is a sign of Zuckerberg's lack of seriousness, according to Michael Pachter, an analyst for Wedbush Securities. He's actually showing investors he doesn't care that much...I think he's got to show them the respect that they deserve because he's asking them for their money."

DO CLOTHES MAKE THE MAN OR WOMAN?
The real question is: how important are clothes in the year 2012? Some believe that how you look is as important as what you say or do.

Maybe that made sense in the 1950's, but when the late Steve Jobs can wear Johnny Cash black, and the President of the United States can wear a sport shirt with no tie,  well...we're in a different era.

Don't get me wrong, wearing an Armani suit never hurts! But today what you wear is not as critical as it used to be.

IDEAS AND ACTIONS MAKE THE MAN OR WOMAN
How you speak, what you say and how you act trump a hoodie any day. Today, it's the quality of your ideas and actions that help define a leader. Are you passionate? Do you speak with credibility and authority? When you act, are you decisive?  THAT'S what helps define a leader, not the suit or lack thereof.

So, all you hoodie wearing future CEOs can relax.   Stay informal, but, be sure you speak, think, and act like you're wearing Armani!