Can you please tell me what exactly does "dressing" mean in this paragraph?

(it's from a book about management and leadership):

"the second way to see yourself as a leader is to stake indirectly claims of leadership, such as sitting at the head of the table for a meeting, mentioning your relationship with recognized leaders, or dressing the part."

is it something like acting out the part or am I mistaken?

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To dress the part means:

to have an appearance or wear clothing that is usual or expected for a particular situation, activity, or job/ to look suitable or behave in a suitable way for a particular situation.


If you want to be taken seriously in business, you have to dress the part.

  • so you're saying that it's actually talking about having an appearance that makes you look like a leader? would it be appropriate to translate it as "dashtane zaher ya raftare motanaseb ba rahbari" ?
    – navid
    Commented Mar 22, 2019 at 11:23
  • @navid, yes. Here, you can say ‘مثل رهبرها لباس پوشیدن یا رفتار کردن’.
    – Soudabeh
    Commented Mar 23, 2019 at 6:31

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