Climbing the executive ladder can be a challenging process. There’s no real way to know when your efforts will allow you to reach that next rung. Sometimes you may feel that you are almost there, only to have someone else climb over the top of you.
The good news is that there are ways to achieve the success you deserve. Here are some tips how to climb the executive ladder without stepping on anyone.
How to Climb the Executive Ladder the Right Way
Woody Allen once said, “80% of success is showing up”. That’s the best place to start.
There is no substitute for being on time and ready to work. Show that you are prepared for the challenges of the day, and do it with a smile. Positive energy goes a long way towards ensuring that you are the person sought out by management to handle the big jobs. Complainers rarely get ahead.
Instead of griping, take the initiative to tackle issues before you’re asked. Most managers appreciate this, especially if it’s clear your efforts furthers the organisation’s strategic agenda. You can also earn points by doing things like writing an article, hosting an industry event, or speaking at a conference. Steps like these demonstrate that you have a clear point of view on the industry.
Have a Mentor
We recommend finding a mentor to help you navigate the corporate jungle. This kind of relationship is hugely helpful when you have questions or need to vent to someone who understands. As you progress up the ladder, repay the favour by mentoring someone else.
Expand Your Network
It is also important to network widely both within and outside of your company. Knowing people opens doors to all sorts of opportunity, and also gives you the chance to help others on their professional journeys.
Give a Helping Hand
It may feel like career advancement is all about passing others up, but in fact, gaining the reputation as a cutthroat is not good for you.
When you help others in your industry, two things happen. First, your boss begins to see you as a leader. Second, your colleagues won’t resent you so much when you advance.
Promote Yourself in Moderation
One of the trickier aspects of career advancement is finding the balance between self-promotion and humility.
No one likes a braggart, but you do need to make sure your superior notice your professional accomplishments. Definitely take advantage of social media tools such as LinkedIn and maybe even make a few personal branding videos about yourself for YouTube.
Then, as you begin to earn accolades, remember to share the spotlight with your team. The right combination of personality and empathy will inspire people to seek out more information about you, so make sure that the information is available to be found.
Always Strive to Become Better
Finally, never stop learning. Look for opportunities for continuing education to gain new skills. Consider earning postgraduate qualifications. Attend conferences and read everything you can on your industry. Staying at the forefront of emerging thought and technology for your business means you’ll be able to offer out-of-the-box thinking that moves your company forward. What boss doesn’t love that?
Now, take a deep breath. Centre yourself. And start that climb!