Take facial hair for example.
More than an individual choice based on personal hygiene and esthetics standards, facial hair is to the keen eye also a pretty reliable sign of character and competence that must not be ignored if one pursues the highest echelons in this business.
Here is some advice:
The humble mustache is a pretty good tell-tale sign of a certain touch for leadership:
|You've got the timeless "Hitler"|
|Or the more tasteful "groomed sheriff"|
|Then there is "The Cleric", known to give the wearer an air of trustworthyness and maturity|
|You've got of course the "Wilford Brimley", an excellent compliment to a comb-over|
|"Did you say something about my mustache?"|
|And of course, the "Charmeur" a.k.a. the"Paint-job"|
|Shades > Mustache|
The three-day stubble of course will forever remain the domain of logisticians and certain HQ people who want to flaunt their field cred and/ or “operational” past. It is often sported in combination with "The Skubble”, a combination of bald patch and stubble (you know the one, right?).
The goatee is a more complicated matter. Volunteers favour them (in combination with various hats specially-made for the tropics), but so do M&E types and consultants. It is fair assumption to make that there is a reverse proportionality between the presence of a goatee and decision-making authority, and Mr. Meles Zenawi of course is the exception that confirms this rule (and there are experts who dispute the goatee characteristics of Zenawi's facial hair and prefer to put this to this style in a separate category, known as "The D'artagnan":
|The D'artagnan: Is it a goatee or a mustache? Hard to say.|
Finally, "The Sage" is an interesting one as well – it has only been seen among junior aid enthusiasts around their third year internship and, or course, economists:
|"The Sage". Or is it a goatee? Hard to say|