Ways to help you get a promotion and become a leader in work
Are you wanting to make the next step up at work but are unsure how to get there? Often clients come to coaching wanting support in taking the next step at work, but not knowing how to be promoted and be seen as something other than the junior member in the team.
Being seen as being ready for promotion, can feel like it is out of our hands in the work environment and it can feel like a passive game of waiting. Here are some ways to help you be seen as being ready for promotion:
Observe. Spend some time looking at what management and leaders do. This can be in your current role as well as other organisations you have previously worked at. What qualities do you admire in these managers? Are there any similar traits with the managers around you? With this information, consider who you would want to be as a manager - what traits do you need to cultivate more within yourself?
Be yourself. Following on from the first tip, it is key to be your authentic self, often we think we need to be someone else to get moved up to the next step, but I believe being your true self, knowing your values and what’s important to you and living by them, helps us be the manager deep within us. When we try to be someone we are not it can make us feel unconfident and deep down unsure of ourselves.
Reflect on feedback you have received both in work and out of work about how you show up in life. Perhaps you are a bit too emotional and wear your heart on your sleeve, nothing wrong with this at all, but perhaps that needs to be reined in within the work environment. Be open to the feedback you receive, someone wise once said to me that feedback is a gift, we have a choice as to whether we listen to that feedback or not, it’s always our choice as to what we do with feedback, listen, take a step back and ask yourself if there is any truth in it that can help you move forward in life.
Demonstrate that you are a leader. Often before promotion happens there is a stage of acting as if you are able to take on that role. Put yourself forward for projects you would shy away from, stretch your comfort zone, be calm with how you approach things and speak up in meetings.
Breathe. When you find yourself pushing out of your comfort zone, remember to breathe, take a moment out for yourself to re-centre and re-group, being outside our comfort zones always feels awkward initially until it becomes our new familiar.
Make your body your ally. Be aware of your posture and stand confidently and openly in work situations.
Use your voice. People who speak slowly and calmly have a way of appearing more confident and capable and holding more gravitas, practice doing this initially at home in front of a mirror and then in work.
Look at your inner self talk. Often we want to move ahead but there are self doubting parts of us that hold us back, become aware of the regular thoughts that come up and self sabotage your attempts, replace thoughts with supporting positive thoughts - such as ‘I am capable and ready for this next step into management’, ‘I am a successful manager’. The more we say it, the more we believe it.
Know when to walk away. My final tip is knowing when to walk away, sometimes no matter how hard we try, things just don’t seem to be happening, we come up against a brick wall. Knowing that actually when things don’t flow, even when we’ve tried the hardest, often it is a sign we are perhaps meant to be following a new path. Knowing when to walk away and try something else is key for a life that flows and is full of abundance.
If not in your current job, there will be something more right for you just round the corner.
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About Jennifer Boon
Jennifer Boon CPCC empowers clients who are ready to make changes in their lives. She is passionate about working with you to create the life you dream of and lots more! She knows what it feels like to be stuck and how to break through the shackles of fear and self doubt to a life of yes, a life of love and life of fulfilment.