Power and Poise: Radiating in the Workplace


Have you ever seen a career woman at a conference or in the workplace and thought that she was beautiful? Maybe it was the way she spoke or presented herself that impressed you or, you might have been swayed by the way she was dressed. How do we define beauty in the workplace?

My very first corporate job began at the positive working atmosphere of Dole Food Company. The culture was enriched with great amenities, benefits, work perks, and the opportunity for career advancement. With that there were also corporate policies, including a requirement for all employees to wear formal business suits to work. I was surrounded by many beautiful and intelligent women. The importance of the outward appearance in those days was necessary; however, looking beyond the well-tailored suits, there was an extraordinary beauty that was exhibited by these career women.

As women, our outward appearance is important in the workplace (if we want to be taken seriously and promoted to positions of influence), yet it cannot be compared to the inner beauty given to us by God. The beauty that comes from the spiritual and innermost depths of our souls is what leaves a permanent, if not everlasting, impression on others.

Here are a few points to consider as you strive to bring forth your inner beauty in the workplace:

  • Communicate effectively to ensure there are no misunderstandings in objectives, goals, expectations, and so forth. Be careful when choosing between oral or written forms of communication and always pray for wisdom before you take any action.
  • Check your motives when responding to issues, offering advice, or participating in team projects. Having the right motives will keep you out of trouble.
  • Be consistent and exhibit good habits. Avoid too much chatter. Get to work on time and ensure that you follow your workplace policies and procedures.
  • Have a positive attitude and offer help to team members, while completing assigned tasks effectively and on time.
  • Listen to new ideas and encourage other people to share their points of view.
  • Be beautifully assertive and set healthy boundaries. If you are in a position of authority, assert your position to ensure that you will be taken seriously in order to meet deadlines. If you are in a subordinate role, ensure that you follow procedures so that when questioned, you will be able to prove that your actions were based on the guidelines company policy.
  • Giving help freely (with the right motives and intentions) will position you for greatness. The word of the Lord says that we reap what we sow; when we give, we will receive.
  • Your outward appearance should reflect your inner self. So as a confident woman of God, dress beautifully, modestly, appropriately for the work environment, and in a manner that reflects your unique style.

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  1. This was beautiful and well needed today in my life. Even working in place where the purpose is the Lords ultimately, it can still be challenging.

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