By Anthony T. Eaton

The necktie originated in the 17th century with Croatian mercenaries who wore a piece of cloth around their neck as part of their uniform. These served the function the function of tying the top of their jackets but also had quite a decorative effect. King Louis gave this early version of the necktie the name “La Cravate” which is the name for necktie in French to this day. What we as the tie today did not appear until the 1920s and has gone through many changes.

Once a must 
in formal circles of class and the business world, today, the tie is less of a requirement but no less a staple of men and women’s fashion. While not necessarily a requirement, the tie can be the accessory that set’s a leader apart distinguishing them from those they lead. Today the tie can be paired with the less formal business attire of jeans and a blazer as well as the traditional suite. Any leader can be well served by knowing how to tie a tie and chose one that accentuates their own sense of style.

A great leader never underestimates the power of a tie!


By Anthony T. Eaton


The ability to have social ease in any situation will set you apart from the masses. So what does it mean; simple, the appearance of being comfortable and confident with yourself no matter where you are and who you are with. Obviously, we all find our selves in uncomfortable situations, but it is how we appear to others that matters.

How we hold our selves physically, sitting or standing up straight, shoulders squared but not rigid. The tone of voice and inflection; steady, not too loud or too soft with an even pace. The use of pause without appearing to have lost our thought.

Not being intimidated by others you admire or perceive to be smarter or have authority over you, but also not being arrogant, loud or dominating with your presence. 

Social ease has as much to do with the ability to read a room, observe and listen as it does with how you carry yourself. The former is the foundation for the latter.   

Here are a few tips that can help in advance of being in situations that may make you uncomfortable.

  • Do some aerobic exercise, deep breathing, meditation or yoga – these activities help with relaxation and reduced anxiety.
  • Imagine the social situation going well. Try visualizing things going smoothly.
  • If you're feeling anxious in advance of a situation, call your BFF for a calming pep talk.
  • Even if you don't feel confident, acting like you are can trick your brain into believing it. Fake it till you make it.

Preparation and practice over time will enable you to be naturally at ease without giving it a second thought.


Lead With Style

By Anthony T. Eaton   |   

[  "You don't need a title to be a leader - and having a title doesn't make you one."  ]