Having had Richard Branson told me to "lose the suit and tie" early in my career, I can honestly say that I wholeheartedly agree with the 78% of survey respondents below, providing of course you do not insult your customers with your dress sense.
When it comes to dress, business leaders tend to inject their own personal style into their attire. After all, many famous CEOs are seen as a “brand”, something that has to be monitored and adhered to into order to increase revenue and popularity. Richard Branson famously abhors corporate dress, going so far as to cut off employees’ ties if they wear them to work whilst saying that overly formal clothing can “be a barrier to reaching your customers”. But is it necessary for a business leader to always wear formal attire? We asked our Twitter audience for their thoughts on the topic, with some surprising results When asked whether a leader should always be ‘suit and booted’, a staggering 78% of respondents replied with a no.