If you are interested in career advancement you must become a team player who can make things happen for yourself, the team, and the company. Your vision for yourself must be unwavering in your rise to a leadership/management level. Here are 9 tips to help you become an effective leader and advance in your career:
- Follow your vision: Your vision will take you wherever you want it to so dream big! Be vigilant and believe in yourself, your skills, and abilities and you will be able to see yourself as an effective leader of people. To achieve something you must first believe it is possible!
- Listen and learn: Great leaders listen before they speak. Listen to the people around you, learn who they are and what they are about but don’t get too involved in the small talk and gossip. It is possible to associate with your work peers on a professional level without getting too personal. Knowledge is power when you need it!
- Be part of the solution: Leaders offer solutions. Learn to get to the heart of the problems and then offer solutions that will fulfill everyone’s agenda. A little give and a little take go a long way when dealing with multiple personalities in groups of people. You can offer empathy without compromising the values of your position, your immediate superior, or your company.
- Clear communication: Great leaders are able to communicate at all levels. Communicate clearly with all levels of employees at your workplace. Do not leave anything you say open for interpretation by others. Say what you mean and mean what you say!
- Promote yourself: Leaders are not afraid to promote themselves. Make your career intentions clear, volunteer when needed, attend company functions, and find a mentor within the company.
- Be the leader: Be the type of leader among your peers at work that you would want leading you! Lead by example and others will follow. When there is an absence of leadership in any single area it can be felt by all levels and all departments.
- Educate yourself: Take whatever classes or seminars that are needed for your position to hone your skills and enhance your resume. And then take classes or seminars for the next level of advancement in your career!
- Do your homework: Read and study about great leaders in all professions and aspire to shape your leadership capabilities based on their successes with leading.
- Help others grow: Remember that leadership is all about leading; grow others as you grow yourself!
Generally speaking you must work your way up the ladder in order to reach the top. Career advancement is not normally an overnight process although under some circumstances it can be so you must always be ready to take that next step. When you are able to become an effective leader of people in your current position among your peers you will be noticed by superiors.