Managing your career can be a daunting task.
- Some people need help figuring out what they want to be when they grow up
- Some need help developing leadership skills
- Managing up, with superiors – or across, with peers
- Managing down, with employees
- Dealing with difficult co-workers, clients, vendors
- Others wish to develop star quality – to be visible, credible, effective, promotable or hirable
There are many aspects to professional development. One important step is to determine your personal brand – who are you, what do you stand for, and how will you express that? Aligning your work around strengths, talents, personality, needs, and interests are key to establishing a great reputation and fulfilling career.
Sometimes the first place to start is figuring out what kind of work you are best suited for. I have a great tool for determining this: the Soul Profile.
Beyond that, leadership competencies must be explored to identify areas of strength as well as areas for improvement.
Finally, having a clear vision and strategy for your future as well as building a network of professional relationships both internal and external to your company are key to getting ahead.
Examples of Leadership Competencies: Communication – Presence – Courage – Integrity – Character – Responsibility – Confidence – Accountability – Business Acumen – Delegation – Emotional Maturity – Interpersonal Effectiveness – Decisioning Ability