Perception and Leadership: Stop Using Your Phones and Laptops

It’s about time to tackle a prevalent problem: how people perceive us as leaders. Perception is vital when looking at leadership; what you display at any given time gives people a picture of who you are. Leaders who are in the media face this everyday: whenever they walk out of a conference, when they leader the restroom, even when they awkwardly shift in their seats during a meeting. Perception of leaders can also dwell into the classroom: take for example using your laptop during class or even texting while charging your phone—all while the instructor or guest speaker is speaking. Using your phone during class is rude, openly surfing the net while a professor is speaking is rude as well—and that creates an image for you as a person.

This post is not meant to put people on blast, but to raise awareness that people will always be forming a picture of you as a person at all times—in and out of class. Rudeness is one of the more prevalent ways that people use to view perception of you as a person and creates a persona about you that does not exactly carry positive connotations. So stop using your laptop in class or charging your phone and texting. The point of a class it to engage respectfully when needed and to listen to the time you are there. People are always looking and creating a picture about your character based off of your actions at all times, so as a leader don’t be rude and give a bad image of yourself and the class.

6 Responses to “Perception and Leadership: Stop Using Your Phones and Laptops”

  1.   ptinnell Says:


    I think you are right when you say that perception is important. I think we have all been in a situation where we see someone doing something, such as having full phone conversations in the middle of a class, and thought, “wow, that person is really rude.” In reality, then may have been talking to their sick grandma or something else that would be considered important, but upon first impressions we don’t know these things about others. Yes, it is possible to change someone’s impression of you, but it is hard and it takes time and effort. Keeping on your “A” game is extremely important for leaders. If you were working on a project for work and your boss was texting the entire time you were explaining your idea to them, you would probably consider your boss a jerk. And because of this you would have less respect for them, which could also effect your preformance. As a leader it is important to give respect in order to recieve it.

  2.   rgawat Says:

    Hey Rodrigo,

    You are right in what you say, it’s rude to text, call, and browse the internet while in class. But sometimes there are more important matters than what the teacher has to say at that specific moment, don’t you agree?


    Megg Gawat

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