Rising up the ladder shouldn’t be left to chance. People who simply do their thing are bound to be disappointed when promotion time comes. The people who are advancing are motivated, calculating, and intentional in their actions. Of course, it helps to know what to do and how to do it.
The best way to earn a promotion is to excel in every possible way. Work hard, but work smart. Don’t try to impress your boss with just your presence instead, impress your boss with your dedication to your job, your loyalty to the company, and an attitude that clearly broadcasts the fact that you are a force to be reckoned with.
While a strong skill set is important in any job, it’s no longer enough to make you stand out in the eyes of a good manager or leader. People who understand others and can harness their own emotions, as well as the anticipated emotions of customers and co-workers, are the truest asset to any company.
The surest way to move up in a company is to know how to express yourself to authority. Speak up when you think you can offer a better way of doing things or a more efficient process. This doesn’t mean be rude or disrespectful when doing so. It’s important to understand the difference between complaining and being helpful.
The key to moving up while working for someone else is to show that you’re already doing the job you want. If you want to move into management, for example, demonstrate that you’re already a leader. If you truly excel in a position that’s in high demand, you’ll get the promotion whether it’s with your current employer or another that hires you away.
Getting noticed requires leadership with wide-angle vision to connect the dots and create maximum workplace impact. It requires teamwork in the new workplace that unites, empowers and inspires others for the betterment of a healthier whole. It’s about having each other’s backs and everyone’s best interests at heart.