No matter the field or industry, many professionals will say they have a goal of becoming a top-level executive. Those at the top get paid more and hold positions of authority. There are a number of advantages to being an upper-level executive. Such positions also come with additional stress and responsibilities. You may be wondering what it takes to rise in the ranks of your company. Surprisingly, putting some common social practices and easily acquired personality traits can help you to get noticed and be successful much like well-known manager and executive, Bob Bratt. Follow these tips to word toward your goals of becoming a top executive.
Show Some Confidence
Even if you’re not incredibly confident by nature, taking some steps to look like a confidence person can go a long way toward convincing others of your worth and beginning to believe it, yourself. Walk tall and with purpose as you enter the office. Others will see that you are a person who is ready to take on the world. Looking worried, scattered or frazzled gives just the opposite impression. Trying to blend in or avoiding co-workers’ gaze can be even more detrimental to your reputation.
Make Yourself Known
Don’t be afraid to speak up in meetings or to share your ideas with others. Doing so demonstrates that you are a go-getter who is engaged and interested in the company’s success. At the very least, you will be putting yourself on the radar, rather than blending in and not being noticed. As long as your contributions are significant and in-depth, you will likely begin to make a name for yourself with your superiors.
Becoming an executive requires networking and connections. Executives are leaders within companies. They are a trusted source of knowledge. In order to gain that trust, you need to show interest in everyone you meet, both inside and out of the company. When people feel you are genuinely interested in them, they will take an interest in you and be more willing to help you or to follow your lead.
Learn All You Can
Always be learning. It can be about your industry or business in general, but if you stay on top of information that is relevant to what you do, you will be able to contribute in more meaningful ways. When you share information from sources you’ve read or offer great ideas based on your research, you are sure to impress those in charge. This knowledge will help to move you to the top, as well.
Go Above and Beyond
Show the higher-ups you’re willing to do what others won’t do. Choose a dreaded or unpopular task to take on, and do it well. This will show that you are a team player ad that you’re not afraid to get your hands dirty. Your boss will know that you’re someone who can be counted on to do what it takes.
Get a Mentor
One of the best things you can do for your career is to find a mentor to provide advice and to be a model of success. A mentor can help you to avoid learning things the hard wa and can steer you in the direction of success. You’re likely to get there faster with someone to guide your way.
So if you’re looking to become a top executive in your company, it’s not impossible. Just follow these tips to success as a start.