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Q&A From A Reader: How To Be The Best And Rise To The Top Of My Industry?

The harder I practice, the luckier I get. -Gary Player
Dear Executive Huntress,
Over the years, I have been able to maintain a good performance rating in my jobs. I have been working in my current role for more than 5 years. I've worked in a few companies before this one, so I am not new to working.
While I am able to maintain good results, I want your advice on how do I go from being good to above average and receive outstanding feedback for my annual performance reviews.
Potential Top Performer
Dear Potential Top Performer:
While, you should consult your supervisor regarding the specifics as to what you can improve in your current role to go from good to outstanding, below are some of the attitudes and mindsets you must adopt to rise to the top in any job:
  1. Do more than expected.
Napoleon Hill said"The man who does more than he is paid for will soon be paid for more than he does."
Companies like and promote employees who are willing to do more. When you are expected to solve one task, solve many. Don’t just do the job you were paid to do, give your employer way more than he ever expected.
A lot of people are not willing to do more because they feel that if they do more, they will lose out or be giving more responsibility without reward.
This is not a correct mindset. You have to think beyond your current job. By doing more, you will learn more and you have to learn as much as possible to be an expert in your field. By doing more, you create additional value for yourself.
When you finish your responsibilities, don’t just sit there and wait for your boss to assign you more.
Go and ask for more work. If there is a department you want to transfer to, ask them if they need an extra hand. Be proactive. Not only will you impress your boss, word will get around about you and the VPs will be impressed as well.
  1. Think like an Entrepreneur
A lot of people aspire to be an Entrepreneur, but the truth is once you step into the workforce you are an Entrepreneur whether you own the company or not. You work for yourself. It's your responsibility to direct, lead, and manage your career in the way you want it to go.
So act and think like the company (you) is own by you. If you are the owner of your company, you need to be 100% committed when you do your work because it will affect the reputation of your company. Be your best for your own company.
  1. Be passionate about your work.
At the very least, if you are going to wake up every morning to do something, you should like your job and like what you are doing. If you are really unable to like your current job, then change to a job that you like.
The truth is you will not shine if you aren't positioned properly. Think about the skills you enjoy using, the mission you would love to support, and find the job that's right for you.
  1. Be willing to share your knowledge with others.
Many people are not willing to share what they know with others because they want to keep all their knowledge to themselves. They feel that concealing knowledge will help them to become more valuable to the company.
Indeed this is not true. If you continue to keep knowledge to yourself, then you will not go far. One of the most important criterias to being promoted is the ability to coach others to be better employees. It's impossible to do this without sharing what you know.
If your boss and associates are unaware of what you know and the resources you provide, your organization can't entrust you with a higher position that requires more responsibilities. Sharing your knowledge, makes you resourceful.  Once people see you as a resource, they will respect you as an expert.
  1. Don’t make things difficult for your boss and company.
Remember you are there to make your company and boss’s job easier. That means you should be the solution, not the problem. I’m not insinuating that you should be a yes man, but you shouldn't be seen as a thorn in their side.
You need to show your manager that you can think. Don't present problems unless you have a solution.
Always be professional to everyone even when you don’t agree. When working on team projects, you need to follow protocol and order even if you don’t agree with who's in charge.
Teamwork makes the dream work!
John Donne said, "No man is an island/ Entire of itself/ Every man is a piece of the continent A part of the main...."
Regardless of what you are seeking to accomplish in life, you can't do it alone. Whether it's as a partner, spouse, assistant, or customer, you need others.
Therefore, teamwork is a very important part of your success. You must know how to work well with others as a team and master the art of dealing with difficult personalities for the sake of the vision.
  1. Strive to be the expert in your industry.
Network, read, and learn as much as possible about your industry to keep up with the trends. Become a source of knowledge.  Not only does being an expert make you stand out as a leader, it moves you from employee to consultant.
This will allow you to gain leverage both with your current employer and industry. Soon you can use that leverage to gain authority, a higher salary, and a vast amount of opportunities. Either way you will always be employable.
If you have the right mindset, no matter where you work or what you do, you will always get recognized,  you will always be the top performer, and you will always rise to the top.
In the comments section below, share with us some of your tips and advice for rising to the top of your industry.
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