Success and power are two of the most sought after things in the world. Not only do both qualities earn you respect they are also often associated with wealth. Some of the most well-respected, powerful and wealthy people in the world are high-level business executives such as company presidents and CEOs. Whether you’ve already attained one of these positions or aspire to, there are several ways in which you can behave like a high-level executive.
Think of yourself as the company CEO even if you’re really not. Think about what qualities a strong business leader should possess such as determination and confidence and act accordingly. If you are the president or CEO of a company, refer to yourself as that title often. Place the title on your business cards, name plate and office door. Seeing this title will make you feel even more powerful and respected.
Handle everything you do in a professional and respectable manner. While some employees resort to complaining when certain work comes their way, high-profile executives most often take everything in stride and maintain a professional attitude. Exuding confidence and having a can-do attitude will also help you feel more important and garner the respect you’re looking for.
Avoid being a part of any company gossip. One of the most unprofessional things any employee can do is gossip about fellow coworkers or spread rumors. Not only can such behavior come back to bite you, it will also diminish your moral character and cause people to trust you less.
Be innovative and creative in the work that you do. Think outside the box and take chances that you think will pay off for the company. Many CEOs and company presidents got where they are because they took educated risks that paid off greatly.
Be openly supportive of the company in nearly everything it does. A good leader stands by the company no matter what it’s going through and encourages others to do the same in order to build morale. This sort of attitude can help your peers see you as a team player and know that you have the best interest of the company in mind.
Dress for success. Think of the phrase “fake it ’til you make it.” Looking the part of the president or CEO will help you appear more powerful and successful. Buy a few suits and outfits that are a bit more expensive than you normally spend and wear them to the office, especially during important meetings and presentations. When you look sharp, everything you say and do will carry more weight and you will be even more well-respected.
Dan Richter began freelance writing in 2006. His work has appeared in a variety of publications, including the "Wausau Daily Herald," "Stevens Point Journal," "Central Wisconsin Business Magazine" and the "Iowa City Press-Citizen." Richter graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in communication and media studies.