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promotion at work – how to climb the career ladder

climbing the career ladder to get a promotion at work

A promotion you say? We’d all love one. Climbing up the career ladder is part and parcel of what drives us towards leading fulfilling careers. But getting a promotion at work doesn’t always come easily. Many of us strive to achieve our career goals but cannot seem to make it to that coveted next step. Perhaps there isn’t any room to grow within our company or role? Or maybe the approach to a promotion was wrong?

Either way, there are plenty of things that we can do in order to achieve our goal of getting a promotion at work. As long as we understand how to take a better approach to being noticed and respected for our knowledge and expertise, our internal relationships and our general performance, we can climb the career ladder much more quickly than we first may have anticipated.

skills to help get a promotion at work

build your influence

The ability to influence at all levels is a skill that is required to gain respect, likeability, and helps to grow your position within the company. Sometimes, we may question how a person gained a promotion much sooner than others.  What they possess is the ability to influence those around them and have created strong working relationships. They’ve networked with senior management, inspired their colleagues and have delegated to all the right people in order to help cement themselves as a more senior member of the team.

three core components of influencing

There are three core components of influencing. Understanding these will help you to identify where you need to improve and where you’re influencing well.

1 – Positional influence – understanding where you sit within the business, how much opportunity to influence that provides and how much you’re using it.

2 – Personal – this is where our knowledge, experience, and competence within our roles takes place. By combining these aspects with your social skills and increasing your likeability, you can gain influence and create a network of colleagues who will vouch for you when it comes to looking for that promotion.

3 – Relational – who have you built relationships with at work? Are there alliances that you need help accessing through additional working relationships? Who are the people you already have an alliance with? Understanding the answers to these questions will help you to better understand your influencing network.

communicating better can lead to appearing more senior

The ability to influence needs high-level communication skills. Without them, you cannot influence and you cannot grow your career. This is where things like the ability to be assertive become important. Middle and senior managers can often appear intimidating at first glance, but when you get to know them, they’re wonderful people to work with. This is due to their ability to be assertive where necessary, and not come across too aggressive or cocky. We won’t respond well to passive aggressive behaviour, but we do react well to assertiveness. We are naturally drawn to strong leader who has strong assertive skills and can guide us towards achieving business goals.

Additionally, when considering a promotion at work, look at how leaders listen. Another skill set that may come naturally or need work, but listening to the wider office and having your finger on the pulse is imperative in order to really grow your career prospects. By being in the loop your passion for your work and the business as a whole is much clearer.

the ability to delegate

Take some time to reflect on your performance; how is your time management? Are you productive? Do you deliver? If you ask these questions and realise that you could be performing better, chances are that you need to learn to delegate. The ability to delegate effectively is something that you need in order to be a manager. You must recognise talents within the team and how their skills match project tasks and deadlines.

If done well, delegation motivates your team. You understand and respect their talents and a working relationship can stem as a result of this. By delegating, you better manage your own time and workload too, which helps everyone to avoid burnout and increase productivity and performance levels. This is something that will certainly catch the eye of those with the power to promote people.

provide context in your communications

When delegating or communicating with your peers, you have to consider context. The best managers inspire and lead their teams through providing context. In doing so you provide a reason to come into work and be a part of something.

46% of employees do not believe that their manager effectively communicates goals, objectives, and expectations to them.

By providing context, we can better understand why we’re working, what the business is looking to achieve and why we are valuable to the cause. If you’re delegating some work to a peer with a different skill set to yours, be sure to provide the purpose as to why their help is needed and what the expected outcomes will be. Furthermore, don’t be afraid to throw a compliment into the conversation now and then. Complimenting your peers helps grow your likeability factor quickly because you’re openly acknowledging their talents.

Additionally, be sure to understand the businesses wider goals, and where you want to fit in. Then learn how others around you fit in and communicate the goal and their importance to it directly to them. This creates a sense of responsibility and purpose for everyone, inspiring them to work harder and achieve their goals for the greater good of the business.

To conclude, if you can incorporate all of the above in a strategical way, before you know it you’ll be on course for your promotion. But just so you don’t forget, print yourself a copy of our ‘Skills Managers Need to Have’ infographic.

management skills needed in order to get a promotion at work

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