“I guess I should not have had that last drink,” Fred commented. “But it was a party. We were having a good time. The vice president was in worse shape than I was. I don’t think anyone will hold it against me.”
At the annual holiday party, Fred a front-line manager, had apparently told a couple of off-color jokes and sang a karaoke tune loudly and badly. And that was after he spilled his food dish into the lap of one of his staff member’s spouses.
Like it or not, you are the leader twenty-four-seven. Your behavior off-the-job, on the weekend, at the grocery store or during annual celebrations impacts your leadership.
Whenever and wherever you make a fool of yourself, descriptions of the incident will get back to your workplace; it may even be on YouTube. And you can bet that all unprofessional behaviors will negatively impact your leadership effectiveness.
Do attend your company events and use the experience to enhance your leadership. Initiate greetings with your staff and family members. Make it a point to say something nice. Visit with people from other departments. Express your appreciation for their contributions. Ask others about their personal interests. Minimize the alcohol.