Career success favours the bold
Boldness is a defining feature. A professional willing to take big strides, disrupt the status-quo and make difficult decisions with an element of risk will grab the attention of people higher up, and pave their way for the most senior positions. Here are 3 ways you can demonstrate boldness in your career.
1. Find opportunities in crisis
The art of spotting an opportunity amid a crisis may come more naturally to some than others, but it can be picked up with practice and experience.
Outside influences, like legislative changes or advances in technology, will always impact your organisation. These situations present opportunities to change the way your organisation operates, so instead of just reacting to these challenges, assess the situation and think laterally about what opportunity the changes may present. For example, if changes to IR35 legislation are impacting the volume of contractors your organisation can hire, instead of cutting down and making do, could you suggest a restructure, a shift in strategy or a managed service programme? Be the bold one who thinks around problems and you’ll soon build a reputation which puts you on the fast track for more senior roles.
2. Take calculated risks and experiment
With every opportunity, of course, comes some element of risk. However, this is something you should embrace rather than fear, because it can also lead to the greatest rewards.
If you think the odds are in your favour when an opportunity presents itself, be confident enough to invest your resources and energy more heavily. By that same card, however, you should take a more cautious approach if the risks begin to mount. Knowing when to abandon a project or investment is just as vital to good leadership as knowing when to push on.
3. Capitalise on your strong points but defer to others’ expertise
Boldness doesn’t just come from your external actions, it’s reflected by how you play to your own strengths and weaknesses. Be open about your aptitudes and defer to the experts in your team where necessary. Acknowledging your own shortcomings and succeeding in spite of them will set you apart as a professional and put you on the path to more senior and leadership positions.
Take visible, dramatic steps towards your own personal development, and act as an example to your colleagues. As your industry evolves, so too should your skillset – find out about the latest technology impacting your industry, learn the details of how you can implement it at your own organisation. As you develop your own skills, you’ll also gain the knowledge, confidence and insight to drive changes at your organisation, again, demonstrating your aptitude and your suitability for a place at the top table.
Being bold requires you to take risks, to have the freedom to develop your own skills, make suggestions and have your opinions heard. If you don’t think your current organisation gives you that freedom, get in touch for a confidential conversation about your career.
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