How to Work, Act and Dress Like a Senior Executive

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2015-04-09 Email

According to an old adage, you should dress for the job you want, not the one you have. To take this further, you should also consider emulating your company's leaders in other ways. Before you do that, however, you should get answers to the following questions: How many hours do these executives work in a typical week? Do they eat lunch at their desk or at a fancy restaurant? Will they order a beer during an office happy hour event or stick with water? To find out how CEOs and other top executives roll on these and other options, we present this slideshow, which is based on a recent survey from CareerBuilder. If you're looking to move several rungs up the corporate ladder, you'll want to know about their choices, because that can make a difference when you're being considered for a big promotion. But don't expect something out of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, as many C-suiters take a modest approach in their personal and professional lives. "Certainly, getting ahead in your career is based largely on your performance," says Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer of CareerBuilder. "The way you present yourself, however, is to many a reflection of how seriously you take your job." More than 550 executives—including CEOs, CFOs, COOs and senior vice presidents—took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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