Even though Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg regularly rocks jeans and a T-shirt at work, most executives still see the staid suit as their uniform.
Not Sheldon Yellen, CEO of property restoration company Belfor. He refuses to wear a suit and tie to work, preferring to convey an approachable, down-to-earth leadership style.
The decision to ditch dressy office wear came after an encounter with one of his 7,000 employees in 2011.
"One of my employees came up to me and said: 'You know I did see you once. You were in our office. I saw you, but I didn't formally meet you,'" Yellen recalled.
Yellen asked him why he didn't greet him or introduce himself.
The employee said, "Well, it was so intimidating to see you in a suit and tie."
That moment touched a nerve. While Yellen now oversees a company that operates in 31 countries and posted approximately $1.5 billion in sales for 2015, he came from very humble beginnings and also often saw the professional world as intimidating.