If you’re a leader at your business, part of your job is to set the standard for others at the company. Sending the right message to employees, partners, and customers is paramount – and not just through your work output. Your image and demeanor also affect how people see not only you, but your entire company.
For example, if you regularly arrive to work late, your employees will start to assume that it’s okay for them to do the same. If you want punctual employees, you must set the standard by arriving early. Be the first one in the office, there to greet your employees every morning, and they’ll be much more likely to mirror your behavior. Likewise, you should dress the part. Your clothes can communicate to your staff and customers that you are competent, knowledgeable, even powerful, so invest in quality clothing and maintain a consistent personal style. You also need to listen and learn – if you’re the type to constantly glance at your smartphone, turn it off in meetings or leave it in your office to avoid the temptation. Get more hints for setting the right tone at work here.