With Sam Allardyce’s reputation in tatters following allegations of improper conduct after only 67 days in his role as England Manger, we can be left in no doubt about the importance of building a strong and trustworthy leadership brand.
As Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, said, “Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room” and you don’t have to be the England Manager to understand that how you appear to others is crucial to achieving success. So whether you’ve recently been promoted or are about to start a new job, follow these 3 steps to help you make a great impression and ace your first 90 days.
1. Understand Brand “You”
The secret to building a powerful leadership brand is to understand your personal skills, values and beliefs. Take the time to write down three words that really resonate with you as a leader. Then ask yourself how often and consistently do you behave in line with these words. For example if honesty is one of your key words, try to ensure that you create regular opportunities to have open and honest feedback with your team. Finally, ask yourself what else you could do to portray your brand effectively and build on-going trust and respect.
2. Communicate Authentically
The ability to communicate the real you is essential to engaging, motivating and inspiring your different stakeholders. Remember that the spoken word only accounts for 7% of communication, with non-verbal at 55% and your tone at 38%. Be aware of your body language and remember to flex your communication style so you can build strong relationships and influence your different audiences. Your leadership style should be communicated authentically and consistently at all your different touch points – whether it’s in presentations, phone calls, emails, meetings or informal conversations.
3. Be Ambitious
Ask yourself what do you want to be known for? What makes you stand out from the crowd? Building a strong leadership brand requires ambition and optimism. As Jack Walsh said, “Your job as leader is to fight the gravitational pull of negativism. That doesn’t mean you sugarcoat the challenges your team faces.” One of the key traits of successful leaders is the ability to look for the benefits in every situation, especially when there are set- backs. By being solution-orientated, you are more likely to take the learnings and move forward, building a reputation for being a resilient and inspiring leader.
We hope that by following our expert advice, you will have the tools to build an authentic and powerful leadership brand that will allow you to hit the ground running and make a real impact in the first 90 days of your new role.