How often have you heard the word gravitas? Does it apply to you?

The dictionary defines gravitas as “seriousness of demeanor,” but it goes beyond that.

One way to think of it is in terms of your overall demeanor and how you are perceived; for many it can be as simple as whether or not a person has “substance”, and it’s viewed as a “must have” for hiring and promotional opportunities.

Acquiring gravitas is an essential building block on this fundamental human journey.
–Graham Wilson

Actor Kiefer Sutherland claims it’s his favorite word; if any of you have seen his hit TV show “24,” the role he plays may help clarify the definition!

Think in terms of:

  • Confidence
  • Skill-set
  • Image
  • How you engage others
  • How you sound; the manner in which you speak
  • Self esteem
  • Integrity
  • Dignity
  • Authenticity
  • Commanding respect

“You can only make a first impression once” still holds true.

What you wear also has an impact. And, don’t dress for the position you currently hold, rather dress for the position you aspire to hold!

At a recent IT conference, it was noticeable that not just the presenters were in professional attire; so were the attendees. There were no jeans or sneakers; almost everyone wore sport coats and blazers. Has something changed? When? Why?

What happened to dressing “down”? Having “casual Fridays,” or in some case casual attire on a daily basis?

It seems there’s been a change of mind-set. Although casual attire is enjoyed by many, others feel it reduces how they feel about themselves while at work. If they are dressed casually, they feel their work mode is also “casual”, that they are less productive, less focused, less motivated. Can you relate?

It’s also been noted that gender differences exist when it comes to “dressing down.” When women dressed casually, they were more inclined to be treated not as an equal, but more with a “get me coffee attitude.” Wow!

How you look and speak, how you carry yourself, your posture, and your handshake all leave an impression.

Awareness is key. Do you naturally exude gravitas? If no, determine what actions to take to make it appear natural!

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