I have mentioned in an earlier article ‘Quarrel Plus’, the importance of building our image on the professional front. We do it often, knowingly and unknowingly. It is a natural tendency of every human to judge the other. When people look at us, what do they see? Or rather, let me ask you: what do you want them to appreciate in you? We all have a ‘self image’. many times we go to strengthen our image in that direction. If I see myself as a friendly and helpful person, I would go to any length to be nice with people. If I consider myself as an ambitious person, I will not let any opportunity go untouched by me! And if I am afraid inside, I will show fierceness on my face to avoid being caught.
But is this the way that people also look at us? Or do they judge us according to how they perceive us? We might not be like that. But we might be labeled a feminist, an egoist, a weakling or an arrogant person. Does it define us in the exact manner? This brings us to the basic thing: On what parameters do we define the others? We look at others’ face, body language, clothes, expressions, responses to stimuli and behaviour.
All these aspects are one part of the issue. In an office environment, a person’s image would depend upon the following:
- The qualifications – the certifications that he or she acquires while in service
- The number of years of experience in a particularly important field
- The challenges that one takes up while building his or her career
- The length to which one might go to deliver on time
- The way one manages the interpersonal relations within the team
- The resilience one displays in difficult situations
- The ability to bring more projects to desk
- The confidence, boldness and flamboyance that one has
- The wisdom one shows in admitting mistakes
- And the ability to move on……
I know a person who is adored by the other office members because he smiles a lot, greets everyone without discrimination, cracks jokes and throws parties at the fall of a hat. The image that he portrays is one who is easy going, friendly, is a good listener and generally he is one who makes you feel good about nothing. It has helped him when he wanted some important things done by all as a team. Such people tend to be popular, effective and hence successful.
So we can conclude that possessing such an image would be beneficial. But can such a positive image be built consciously by us? What if we are of a reserved nature or shy or of an angry disposition? I think if we try changing our way of thinking it will result in creating a good image. Perhaps we might not be as popular as the person mentioned above. But we can let positivity come to us from all sides by spreading good vibes.
How do you like the other to perceive you? Do you wish to be popular in your office environment? What changes have you made in your personality to be more popular? Please share with us your experiences and suggestions.