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“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


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As A Female Leader, How Can You Use Your Style To Align Your Values To Your Personal Brand?

Recently, my family and I went to visit the Aquarium. Towards the end of the tour we sat and watched a vast array of fish swimming so peacefully in a large tank. What struck me was how different each fish was. Each had its own set of stripes, tail shape, and colouring.
It made me reflect on the human species. Have you ever walked through the city at peak time and noticed how all executives both male and female all the look the same? Where is their uniqueness? Where is the colour? 


As a female leader, it's important that you learn what sets you apart from others and how you can communicate this through your image, behaviour and words.

As you start to define your personal brand you'll need to learn how to align your values and your personal brand so all that you say and do is in harmony with who you are as a person. Knowing how to do this will help you get the cut through you need to stand out and lead with confidence.

Let's look at examples of Australian female leaders and how they use their image / style to express their values, traits and uniqueness.

1. Lisa Messenger: Entrepreneur, Game Changer

Her style is all about having an edge, being an innovator and disruptor. Notice how she uses line, design and colour to express her traits?

  • She uses colour blocking to make a dramatic statement and to demonstrate confidence. 
  • She uses distressed pieces and interesting texture to let others know that she's not a conformist and she has an edge.
  • She uses angles in her clothing and shoes to demonstrate that she's confident.




2. Gail Kelly: Former CEO of Westpac
Her style is all about having a confident, bold and powerful presence.

  • She uses bold high contrast colours to have an immediate impact and to be noticed. This is helpful when she's delivers podium speeches.
  • She favours skirts over pants which carry a higher degree of formality.
  • Her hair is short and angular which also adds to her bold presence.




3. Julie Bishop: Australian Foreign Affairs Minister
Her style is all about being impeccably classic and diplomatic.

  • She is always in a suit (either matched or unmatched). The fit of her clothing is perfect. This conveys confidence.
  • Her style doesn't offend anyone and expresses diplomacy which is beautifully aligned with her role as Foreign Affairs minister. 
  • She pays close attention to her grooming. Her look from top to toe is flawless. This expresses the level of respect she has for herself and for others.



As an internationally accredited Image Consultant, it's my driving purpose to help female leaders identify their uniqueness and to show them how to express that through their clothing and behaviour. Each client is so incredibly different. Each with a different set of values, priorities and at a different stage of their life.

I hope this article has given you some A-HA moments. It's time to reflect on your personal brand. Do you have one? Are you happy with how you communicate it?

If you are a female in or aspiring to a leadership role consider attending our live workshop "The Art of Self Packaging For Success". Click here for all the details.

Styling Your Success
Janette
www.imageconsultants.com.au




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First Deloitte then PwC and JP Morgan Chase: The scrapping of dress guidelines and what it means for you as a female leader

With this hectic ever changing pace; traditional thinking and ways of doing business have and will continue to be challenged. One of these demands is a flexible and more casual way of dressing in the workplace. In the past few weeks, we've seen JP Morgan and Chase and PwC scrap their dress guidelines.

So what has sparked these recent changes in dress guidelines?

  • Experts claim the trends are being driven by millennials who want to work for companies that reflect their values and a relaxed dress code and work-life balance is proof of that approach.
  • Big companies are scrapping their dress codes and banning weekend work in a bid to compete for high-performing millennials.
  • To boost employee engagement and morale - this initiative doesn't require an investment from the business

As with most things, I think there is a time and place for everything. Although the dress guidelines have been scrapped I'm confident there will be an unspoken expectation to still "look the part" when it counts the most. So this is not the time to let your dress standards slide. I guarantee you people do notice how you dress and will use that to form an opinion about you and your work standards.

Whether you're meeting with an important stakeholder, presenting at a high-level meeting or leading your team, these are the times to maintain a level of dress that telegraphs confidence, credibility, and trust worthiness.

Here are some questions you should ask yourself when entering these situations.

  • What are the expectations of the client I'm meeting with?
  • Do they have certain dress guidelines in their organisation?
  • Is this a first time meeting or do I have an established relationship?
  • How do I want to be perceived by this person or team?

HR leader at Deloitte, Alec Bashinsky, said the firm relaxed its dress policy as clients became more casual. "More clients are dressing informally [but] business casual is not weekend casual, and if you're seeing a client you should dress for that client".

Chairman of the Australian Human Resource Institute Peter Wilson AM says "The two key principles for dress

at work now are becoming 'trust and respect for your employees' and 'think customer'. If a worker is in a role that is not customer facing, they don't need a suit, slacks, heels, scarf or a tie," he said.


So will a more relaxed dress code boost employee engagement, morale, and creativity?

I suspect time will tell.

Here's what senior executives have shared with me over the past 5+ years.

  • They appreciate having the flexibility to dress down, however, it's brought a new source of heartache and confusion to their morning ritual as they prepare for work. Because of this confusion, many revert back to traditional business wear.
  • 'Dressing down' requires a lot more effort than meets the eye, particularly for women given the vast array of options.
  • Managers are not well equipped in handling conversations around inappropriate dressing. Please feel free to download our free 5 step guide on how to discuss image issues with staff
  • CEO's and senior leaders have had to stop inviting executives to meetings with key stakeholders because of the way the executives are dressing.

There is a tremendous amount of confusion among female executives on what is considered Business Casual vs Smart Casual. Business Casual has morphed into a grey area of broad interpretation by all employees so here is some guidance on what constitutes a business casual vs a smart casual outfit.

Business Casual Outfit
  • Includes a three piece outfit, a jacket is a must. 
  • It's a merger of two types of attire: traditional business wear which represents professionalism and credibility and casual wear which allows for comfort and creativity. 
  • Business casual attire must still convey business first and casual second. It must still look ready for an unexpected meeting with clients and top management and should not have the look of weekend sloppiness.




Smart Casual Outfit
  • Includes a two piece outfit
  • Jeans are usually included in this level of dress (check your company policy)
  • As you dress down the fit of your clothing, the quality of your fabrics and your grooming will become paramount. 




If you are a female in or aspiring to a leadership role consider attending our live workshop "The Art of Self Packaging For Success". Click here for all the details.

So as you navigate this new frontier always keep in mind your leadership aspirations and how you want to be remembered by peers, clients, and colleagues.

Styling Your Success
Janette
www.imageconsultants.com.au

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If Only I Had..........

Back in 2005, I had a dream. I was scared, I was afraid of the unknown. 

My dream would completely change my life, was I prepared to do that? 

No. 

BUT I did it anyway.

My dream is to see every single woman reach the top of her game because we are all talented and gifted in our own way. Sometimes we are told we are not smart enough, not good enough, not pretty enough. 

Stuff that!!!!! We are PERFECT just the way we are.

My gift is to show women how beautiful they are. My small part in her life is to help her use her image to break barriers, overcome biases and lead with confidence.

My dream was too strong to ignore, was too strong to silence. It bubbled deep within me. I no longer could make excuses. I took the leap. I have no regrets. 

Today I stand before you saying to you, live your dream because tomorrow is not a guarantee.

What is your dream? What's bubbling deep inside you? Are you ignoring it? 

Can I help you make your dream come true?

Please watch this video if nothing else. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ja-n5qUNRi8



Styling Your Success

Janette xx
www.imageconsultants.com.au
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