Hello SOTGC Community,
Last week we talked about the Work That Leads Up To Requesting A Promotion. This week we will talk about what it means to be “coachable” and WHY that is an integral key to your success in being promoted.
If you’ve been in your current role for several years and have expressed an interest in moving up in your company but haven’t done so, there are many factors that can be attributing to this. One of them is probably that the people in your executive leadership team have doubts about you being “coachable.”
Every time you move upwards in your company, it means an exponential raise in your responsibilities, both to get that job done AND to act as a role model to your peers.
So how does being coachable fit into this? How you’re perceived by your peers and the executive leadership team is extremely important to you being able to get your promotion. The questions they’ll be asking about you are:
- How capable are you and how much potential do you have to continuously grow?
- Are you a team player and do you work well with others? Do you keep the big picture in mind versus your agenda and goals?
- Do you get along with others and are you likable?
- How emotionally intelligent, comfortable with your authentic self, and self aware are you?
- Do you constantly reach out to your mentor and ask how you can improve and take “professional development” into your hands by seeking areas to work on instead of waiting for someone to bring them up?
- Do you act like a leader every day, even when you don’t have the formal title? That is, are you consistently being a good role model to your peers and executive leadership team?
If any of the above needs to be worked on, the biggest question about your ability to move up will be “how coachable are you?” The best way to demonstrate this is to ask for that 360 review or feedback from your manager on what you need to work on. Then take that feedback and immediately make steps forward to improve on what needs to be worked on and be consistent in the positive changes towards improvement. If you do this, then you are officially “coachable.”
Stay tuned in for next week’s talk about the long process and what to expect on this road towards that promotion.