Your choice of pajamas is a direct reflection on your personal leadership style. Right? No, my claims are not backed by science, or any real evidence, but that doesn’t mean they’re wrong.
Let’s give it a try.
The Matching Set: You’re very organized and methodical in your approach to business. It’s safe to assume you are conservative, both socially and at the office. You are punctual and expect your people to be the same. There is an agenda at every meeting and you follow it. There is a high level of structure at the office and very little work that floats outside of the core competency of you or your business. Image and appearance are important to you, even in the bedroom. You are probably very left-brained and get to bed at the same time every night. Some may even call you anal. Yes, I said anal. Now, grab your warm glass of milk, your favorite book, and flip on that classical music you always play that gets you ready for a visit from the Sandman.
Underwear Only: If you’re in this group, you are wearing either boxers and a t-shirt, underwear, or whatever else comes out of the drawer. Individuals in this group are more carefree in their approach to life, but still play it fairly close to the vest. People connect to you and enjoy working with you because they can count on a secure, structured environment in which to work. You also know how to have a little fun. You don’t take things too seriously and are willing to take calculated risks. Sound familiar? Go turn on the Discovery Channel and catch the latest episode of Deadliest Catch, jump into bed, and start winding down to catch those Zzz’s.
Buck Naked: Ahhh, the natural crowd. You are a free thinker, probably a more right-brained, creative problem-solver that is comfortable with less structure in the workplace. Maybe not the detail person, but you like to fly more at the higher altitudes. People like being in meetings with you because you have the ability to light up the room and make it interesting no matter what the subject. You are not too concerned with with how others perceive you, but instead trust your instincts and are willing to take more risks than your counterparts. Now, towel off after your bath, dive into your bed, and flip on your favorite reality television show. I hear that Pawn Stars is getting really good.
Superhero Getup: For those of you wearing Zorro outfits or Spiderman tights to bed, all I have to say is that someday I hope to be you.
There you go. Now, when you’re in meetings you can look around the room and make an educated guess about what every person in the room is wearing to bed.
Although my theories are grounded in no research, the one thing I do know is that whatever you wear to bed, it needs to be comfortable. Quality sleep depends on comfort, so experiment a little! Grab the Superman cape and see if it works out.
How did I do? In the comments, tell me if you read about your bedroom attire and thought, “YA BABY, That’s me!”
DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in this blog are mine and mine alone. They do not represent the thinking of the company I work for, or anyone else with whom I am affiliated. Except my wife of course, who is good at telling me what not to say.