Are you looking for career growth? Are you targeting your boss’ seat or maybe even his/her boss’ seat?! If so, it shows you have the passion and the desire to lead. You want to be empowered to deliver results.
This article is for people who are aspiring to get to the top and also for people at the top who are looking for their successors.
People get motivated by different things and for different reasons to get to the top
For some, it could be the job title, the car, social status, an improved standard of living or even a fat pay check. While for others it could be the challenge in itself, or an opportunity to learn and grow or an opportunity to make a difference.
Whatever your motivation, always remain motivated, particularly in crunch moments, along your journey to the top!
I often come across people who share with me their desire to grow. However, they mostly look for instant solutions in a ‘2-minute noodle economy’. In such situations I also give an instant ‘pep’ talk! The deeper you explore the more you discover, for example, absorbing a 2-mins pep-talk can be easy, but applying the principles is the tough part.
You first need to ‘be’ and then earn what you intend ‘being’
For instance, pilots initially learn flying, not by actually flying in a real plane, but in simulators on the ground. Simulate some of the key characteristics you observe in your chosen role model, but not only the way the person talks or dresses. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Go deeper. Understand what happens at the top. It is a very different playing field from where you currently sit and see.
The nearest way to glory – a shortcut, as it were:
“is to strive to be what you wish to be thought to be”
— Socrates (469-399 BC) Greek Philosopher
Here are four key perspectives from the top. Simulate them and deliver on your desires:
Get things done
Effective bosses get things done. Yes, they may seem to have more ‘authority’ than people down the line, but never forget, no one enjoys absolute power. At every level there are challenges. The higher up you go in the corporate ladder, the more authority you end up having. But the demands placed upon you are equally big.