Hello SOTGC Community,
Welcome to the “How to Define Yourself as a Leader” saga. During the next few months we’ll be listing out some key steps to take when starting down the path of professional development to get that promotion you want. Some of them are what I myself did, and some are tips from executive leaders, from many industries, that I interviewed. This saga will share the feedback I got and delve into how to apply them in your everyday work life.
Below are the previous posts in this saga:
Part 1: Dress for the Next Level Up
Part 2: The Perception Your Peers Have of You Does Matter
Part 3: Eyes Are Always on You
Part 4: 5 Words Your Leadership Team Should Describe You As
Today’s Topic: 5 Things to Avoid Doing at Work
This was one of the questions I asked the leaders I interviewed, and though some answers varied, below are the five phrases that were most commonly used (not in order of importance):
1. Putting your interests above the company’s
2. Lacking self-awareness – how others perceive you and how you affect the work and emotions of those around you
3. Blaming others or circumstances for why you’re not being successful
4. Thinking that you’re the smartest person in the room instead of asking others for their input to help complete a task or project, etc.
5. Taking credit for other peoples’ work
Will we all commit one of these at some point in our career? Absolutely. But the goal is to be consistent in being a positive, helpful, and hard working leader that excels in our role and demonstrates the characteristics and abilities to take a leadership role in the company.
Self-awareness and honesty are KEY factors in how successful you are of ridding yourself of bad habits that could prevent you from getting a promotion. Self-awareness will allow you to know if you are doing any of these five “things to avoid,” and honesty will allow you to recognize whether changes need to be made and to consciously work toward fixing them.
Next Topic: The Importance and Purpose of a 360 Review