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
Today’s Topic: 5 Words or Phrases Your Leadership Team Should Describe You As
This was one of the questions I asked the leaders I interviewed, and though some answers varied, below are the five words that were most commonly used (not in order of importance):
1. Positive attitude/likeable
3. Good listener
4. Leadership qualities/team player
5. Strong work ethic
What I have noticed about the people who have moved up in the various companies I’ve worked with is that people who displayed a “team-player” approach have been the ones who got the promotions. Will there by outliers to this theory? Yes. But we are talking about the kind of leader YOU want to be known for. There are very few Cobie Bryant type personalities in management roles in a mid-size/large company. You’ll see those in the sales team, and that’s actually not a bad thing because you want those all-stars in a role where they generally work remotely anyways.
A lot of people have this misconception that they don’t have to display leadership qualities until they actually get the promotion. If one of the criteria for becoming a manager and working your way up is experience, the best way to show that you have experience is by taking a leadership attitude and role while doing your current job. you can then gain that experience and earn that promotion.
If you’re curious about what words or phrases your management uses to describe you, I would recommend a 360 management review and talking to your sponsor (click here for the definition and role of a company sponsor) to get ideas on what’s being said, and how, if at all, you need to change them.
Next Topic: 5 Things to Avoid Doing at Work