Want to get noticed and get ahead in your company? Developing leadership skills demands a plan. Here are four, sure-fire ways to break through the clutter and stand out from the crowd. As you read them, think of ways you can apply them while you’re at work. For example, think of three things you can do to increase your visibility this week. Write them down. Then check them off as you accomplish them. Next week, do the same thing with building and demonstrating your confidence. In subsequent weeks, consider ways to promote yourself and focus on the things that matter most. With practice, these actions will become part of your daily routine.
- Be Confident Confidence is being sure of yourself and secure with who you are. When you’re confident, those around you will be more likely to support your efforts and champion your success. If you feel you lack confidence, think about all the skills and talents you bring to the table. Focus on your strengths, your abilities. If you continue to experience self-doubt and lack of confidence, an executive coach can offer perspectives that will put you back on the upward path. Consider taking classes for those areas you need to improve. For example, if you are uncertain when discussing financial issues and terms, consider taking a finance class. Learning to “speak the language” of finance can be a real confidence builder.
- Focus on the Things that Matter Most Take a look at your schedule for this week. Are you really focusing on the things that matter most? The things that will make a difference for your department and company? Robert J. McKain says, “A major part of successful living lies in the ability to put first things first. Indeed, the reason most major goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first.”
- Don’t be Afraid to Promote Yourself You’re not going to get ahead unless leaders and decision-makers in your organization recognize the contributions you’re making. Don’t assume they do or that your supervisor is telling them. There’s nothing shameful or inappropriate about taking advantage of opportunities – via email, personal meetings, a brief encounter on an elevator, etc. – to communicate your (and your team’s) accomplishments and how they support company objectives.
- Look for Opportunities to Increase Your Visibility Another way to promote yourself is by increasing your visibility. Seek out high-profile projects and initiatives, especially those where you can demonstrate your talents and skills. You improve your competitive advantage every time you go beyond what’s required. Volunteer to become a member of an interdepartmental committee. This will expose you to people from other parts of the company, which can lead to growth opportunities outside your own group or division.
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