The battle isn’t over when you finish your job search. If you really want to accelerate your career, it’s now up to you to make the most of this new opportunity. The best way to do that is to demonstrate that you’re a high potential leader who deserves an accelerated career path.
To help you out, here are my top eight ways to show your leadership in the workplace:
1. Get a mentor.
Whether you’re new to this organization or have a few years under your belt, there’s never a better time than right now to get a senior-level mentor who will be able to help you navigate your career.
2. Take on mentorship opportunities.
Mentorship goes both ways. An amazing way to show leadership in the workplace is to actively volunteer to train and mentor new recruits. Not only will you hone your leadership skills, you’ll also have the chance to give back to your peers.
3. Perform at the level you want to be promoted to.
In order to justify promoting you, your managers have to see that you’re ready to perform at the next level. The best way to do this is to make sure that you’re demonstrating the skills you would need to in your new role.
4. Undertake professional development and training.
There’s no better way to differentiate yourself than by showing that you actively seek to develop yourself both personally and professionally. If your place of work doesn’t offer training programs, you could seek out opportunities at local colleges, universities, or professional associations.
5. Put time and effort into managing relationships.
Your success in the workplace is directly proportional to your relationship management abilities. People promote people who they like and who they feel they can work with.
6. Stay positive and enthusiastic.
There’s no better way to win your team and manager over than by demonstrating that you’re happy to be there and are eager to succeed.
7. Be ready to play the game.
It’s no secret that each organization has its own unique political sphere that you’ll have to learn to navigate if you want to succeed. Start by identifying your champions, or connections who you know will advocate for you. Then, shortlist some key stakeholders you want to get on your side.
8. Quantify the value you can offer your organization.
Whether this is through the results you’ve generated in terms of revenue, time, or cost savings, it’s important that you’re able to quickly recall the value you’ve produced so that you’re ready to prove your worth during unexpected discussions with your Manager.
Do you have any questions about leadership in the workplace? Let me know in the comments section!