Hello SOTGC community,
This is our last article in the Rules of Engagement series. This article takes everything you’ve learned and applied in the first three articles, and helps you apply it to defining yourself as a leader.
To recap our saga:
- Business Rules Of Engagement: How To Figure Out What Strategy Is In Place
- Business Rules Of Engagement: Business Strategy
The first thing to remember is that being a leader starts the second you walk in the door to work, and never leaves you. One of the biggest mistakes is to have the attitude: “I’ll start acting like a leader and doing the extra roles and responsibilities once I get the promotion.” With that kind of mentality I can say that you will most likely never get the promotion.
Being a true leader is created by doing the following things:
- Consistently providing great work and lending a hand on projects and initiatives when other teams need your help.
- Always bringing solutions and options when a problem arises. If you’re just complaining about whatever is going wrong, you’re only ADDING to the problem.
- Stepping in and taking on more responsibilities than you’re being compensated for. You have to be doing the job well before you get the promotion.
- Being a positive voice that inspires others, praises them for their work, brings out the best in the team, and always looking at the big picture before making decisions.
There is a lot of responsibility that comes with being a leader. I wrote a post on Stilettos on the Glass Ceiling called: The Hunger Games of Business: The Freedom of the Outskirts that emphasizes what you’ll have to give up to gain your career goals. So be conscious of these before taking that promotion, and realize that what you’ll gain in the long run is WELL worth the sacrifices, but that true leadership comes with the price of some freedom.
So remember, the BEST way to start defining yourself as a leader once you’ve already learned the other steps in the business strategy is to act like one–every day, on every email, every call, and every interaction with your colleagues.