It is my contention that aside from cronyism and nepotism, only the very best managers will ever become directors or CEO’s. With these eight tips you can reserve a place at the top on your own.
There are line managers who take charge of a department at the age of thirty-five. Thirty years later, on the eve of their farewell drink, they look back on their careers to conclude that a few additional responsibilities and characteristics have since been added. No problem, says one. Another disaster scenario, says another.
Do you sometimes wonder why some managers manage to grow where other colleagues get stuck at their current level? Then read the list below. These success tips may provide the answer to that pressing question.
Number eight might give you the answer to a lot of questions, so please check it out!
1. Radiate leadership
The title of manager on your business card does not automatically mean that you are also seen as a leading figure within the office walls. Anyone who wants to go higher will have to show that leadership especially in the workplace. By always setting a good example, taking the lead in the battle and taking your responsibilities, you create support within your own organization. And if you would apply a coaching style leadership, you will certainly have the backing of your staff and organization.
The application committee responsible for appointing a new director will logically bring up your name earlier.
2. Be self-critical
The old-fashioned model of the almighty manager in his ivory tower is – if you have missed the last thirty years – definitely over. Modern managers dare to regularly look in the mirror. They are no longer deaf to criticism. Self-reflection on his own performance is therefore indispensable for the manager who likes to accelerate his career. Know what you can do, but especially what you cannot. And for the latter applies: training or even outsourcing!
This may sound rather logical and obvious, however, you would be amazed to discover how many managers are lacking this ability. Simply because they are thinking they are good enough already or by being arrogant. These bosses will never know what they are missing out on.
3. Use politics
Political business is not only destined for our politicians. Also for those who want to move higher up in business, these political ingredients will have to be applied every now and then. What does that mean in practice? That you know what you are saying, when you do it and to whom exactly. There are no ready-made rules that the crowd adheres to. Business politics is more a matter of feeling, with timing being an essential link.
In any case, you will definitely need it in order to progress. Compare it to the appointment of a new mayor. In doing so, the confidential committee not only looks at talent, experience and expertise, but also wonders about the candidate ‘feeling a bit comfortable’ within the city council.
This is not different in a company. So feel where the political fields of power lie in the workplace and adjust your statements and activities accordingly. And if you do not feel comfortable with politics, then you are not alone!
4. Be enterprising
Entrepreneurship is increasingly valued in the management layers of business. In addition to managerial impulses, ideas and initiatives are also expected of you. Naturally in a responsible manner, so that the continuity of business operations is guaranteed. Bring this proactive attitude firmly across the stage and demand the same from your employees. This provides a portion of power in the department that an average management feasts on. Your name is therefore permanently established in the boardroom.
This one is also easier said then done, but you should give it a try and you will soon find out whether your management is on your side or not.
5. Formulate a vision
Every organization or department needs a compass. A direction indicator that directs employees towards a clearly formulated vision. As a manager it is important that you know how to formulate and communicate that vision. Your employees will greatly benefit from a clear way ahead, where everybody has its part.
One of the most common complaints addressed to managers is a lack of those specific capabilities. The consequence? A growing mistrust in the department head. Managers whose managerial capabilities are questioned in the workplace are usually in the back when promotional posts are offered.
6. Do not approach everyone equally
You also create support for your own position by not approaching everyone within the organization in exactly the same way. Different people, different wishes. Spend more time with colleagues who are important to achieving your goals than with those with whom you have little to nothing business related, no matter how nice they may be. So let yourself be surrounded by the top people within the club, the people who really want to go for it.
This may look harsh to you, but it is really the way to go. Again, not everybody is up to this, so if that is the case, then accept the consequences.
7. Share your successes
You yourself think that you are very well on your way. The big question is: do they see that in the boardroom or in management? I think this is one of the big mistakes I made in my career!
Performing well is one thing, presenting well is the next step. Throw that rug of modesty off your shoulders and share your and your department’s successes with the rest of the company. This can be done very easily via the intranet, the internal newsletter or using the bulletin board in the company canteen.
Furthermore: treat your hard-working employees every now and then to cake when, for example, the targets have been amply met. By inserting such a party moment you will reflect on the successes achieved. Something that is also noticed within other layers of the company.
8. Start your own business
You have seen above a number of ways to achieve ultimate leadership, none of which are easy and some of which are completely unattainable for people. This is why I now would like to talk about an opportunity that will be achievable and can be done by anyone. Why is that? Because the internet gives you so many options.
Think of PPC, MLM, blogging and many more, but I would like to propose here the best solution for anybody: Affiliate Marketing. You will become your own boss! And you can work from home. You will just need to find the best internet business support program there is and of course it needs to be scam free. Well, look no further as here it is:
Wealthy Affiliate (WA)
A very affordable, world class training and support program that was established in 2005 and with over 2 million members in 2020, growing ever faster. When joining, you will have your own website within minutes, all design done for you, you choose the theme that you like. Follow the training, perform the actions requested and you will have a decent website in months.
Your particular website can be based on your passion, interests or hobbies. At a later stage you will market or review products of various merchants as their affiliate. Hence the name affiliate marketing. No need to buy goods, no need to store or to deliver. You will sell through your own special link and receive commissions.
You dare to join?
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