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Are you a Female Executive, Entrepreneur or Working Mum?
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Are you frustrated that staff are not dressing appropriately which is having a negative impact on your customers and impacting the image and reputation of your organisation?
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“Janette’s ability to really understand what I like was quiet extraordinary…I have worked with stylist before and I have to say this was the most fun, most educational and most productive session. Janette is indeed my best shopping find ever”
Justine – Senior Executive
“This has not just been a makeover, as “makeover” in my mind lasts a night or so, but a transition in physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing. I have NEVER received so many genuine compliments ever before.” Victoria
“Janette, you came into my life when I desperately needed a change. The style and colour consultations we had were invaluable. Thank you for curing my colour blindness as I no longer see only in black, brown and gray.” Susanna
“You showed me things that I would have never looked at in the shop. And the silk blouse from jigsaw with the paisley pattern is my favourite — I would have never bought it! ” Anjta
“I wanted to say a big thank you to you for being such a great shopper and for making the whole task of buying clothes much more fun. I always learn more about what works, what doesn’t and why!” Georgia
Have you ever had to play small to make a manager happy? Have you looked at yourself and wondered where that ambitious, passionate and driven person within has gone?During my corporate career, I worked for many female managers and not all were leaders. Some knew how to inherently draw on my natural strengths and empowered me to excel and be the best I could be. I would've followed them anywhere and have done anything for them because I knew they recognised my talent and channeled it in a way that benefited the business and supported my personal growth.
So if you are reading this post and it speaks to you then please come on over and join our tribe www.imageconsultants.com.au.Lifting and supporting women into leadership roles is not only good for the individual but it also makes business sense.
New data from the Peterson Institute for International Economics and EY analysed results from 21,980 global, publicly traded companies, in 91 countries from various industries and sectors and showed that having at least 30% of women in leadership positions, or the “C-suite,” adds 6% to net profit margin. Click here to read the study results.The study looked at women in three positions: CEO, board members, and members of the C-suite. It found female CEOs do not systematically outperform their male counterparts. While there is some evidence that female board members are associated with greater profitability, the results are not statistically significant. But the C-suite results were clear: more women translated to higher profits.
Styling Your Success
As an internationally accredited Image Consultant and advocate for women in leadership roles, I feel privileged to have collaborated with leaders across diverse industries. Although the industries are varied the message I receive from female leaders is all too familiar.
They often tell me that, "being heard and having a voice" is a daily conscious effort they need to apply in order for them to be taken seriously and to have a seat at the table. As they progress along their leadership path, the higher they climb the fewer the females there are. It can be a lonely road to the C-Suite.
As many of you know using your voice to drive change or share an unpopular point of view is not always easy. So how can you use your image and voice to claim your space as a female leader? Let’s explore the possibilities.
1. Consider Your Body Language
One way that status is nonverbally demonstrated in a business meeting is by physically taking up room. Less-confident women tend to pull in their bodies and minimise their size, while high-status women expand and take up space. The act of taking up more space can also be called “Power Posing”. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy struck a chord in the business world at TEDGlobal 2012 when she gave a talk about the scientific evidence behind power posing. Her research showed that standing or sitting a certain way, even for two minutes, raises testosterone levels and lowers the stress hormone cortisol. These immediate changes in your body chemistry can affect the way you do your job and interact with other people. Click here to see the video.
2. Dress How You Want To Be Addressed
What if you have enormous leadership potential — but no one can see past your mismatched image? According to research conducted by the Centre for Talent Innovation on Executive Presence, appearance serves as that "first filter", the missing link between merit and success. If you need guidance in crafting an authentic image that gets you noticed for the right reasons then please click here and learn about "The Art of Self Packaging For Success" workshop. We will help you cultivate a look that earns you respect and has impact and influence. As professional women, the judgments are magnified because so often we have to prove that we are not just a pretty face, that our power is not just skin deep but all encompassing.
3. Practice Your Voice
The Centre for Talent Innovation also discovered through their research that 28% of a person's opinion about your level of executive presence was related to how well you communicated. Is your speaking style concise and compelling? Can you command a room? These two points were the most important components within the pillar of communication. I have referred many of my clients who are female leaders to NIDA’s corporate performance program. This is a great program to help you create impact and influence. Don’t forget that having a voice is as much about finding yours as it is honoring that of others. Always serve to understand before being understood.
A Final word
If you have a seat at the table, whether that’s at the C-suite level or at a high-level meeting, someone believed in you enough and advocated for you to be where you are. You have earned that spot so please keep your image and voice strong. Having this position is a waste if you don’t make your presence known. And just as someone believed in you, don’t forget to offer your time and skills in helping our next round of female leaders.
As Donald Walters said, “Leadership is an opportunity to serve. It is not a trumpet call to self-importance”.
Styling Your Success