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I visited my bank’s website recently, and was greeted with a sparkling new home page. They really upgraded their look with fancy graphics, and more advanced web technologies. The interface is clean and inviting, without changing the base functionality: a good refactoring practice. Unfortunately, it only took one click to get back to the same tired design they had 10 years ago. Whoever said first impressions are lasting impressions missed the mark for leaders.

Now my bank has disappointed me in the real and online world. Going through the effort of simply updating your home page is like putting a Biltmore hat on a valor suit. If you look at this blog or my corporate website, the design is consistent through and through. As you travel through my website, it reinforces what you’ve been introduced to on my home page, providing increased levels of depth and understanding. In one click, instead of navigating to a stale, out-of-date annex, you have access to a free article on strategy or innovation. And, as you deal with me as a consultant, you’ll find even more depth and breadth of knowledge than you find in my website, blog, and press kit.

This is the way people should discover you as a leader. You must be a leader from the inside out. Anyone can see through a brilliant exterior covering up a shallow, indecisive dolt. Although it’s important to follow Henry Ford’s lead and surround yourself with intelligent people; they’re there to support you, not compensate for your lack of leadership. When I consulted for Sun, I knew a front-line manager that made all the decisions a Vice President couldn’t make. I never talked to the Vice President—I didn’t need to.

Take proactive measures to invest in your decisiveness, charisma, and self-esteem. To play at the top of your game, hang out with other great leaders and hire a coach. True leaders have a magnetic personality to match their magnetic appearance. Don’t throw out the hat—you still need it. Just make sure your head’s straight before you put it on.

Picture Source: Biltmore Hats

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