I’ve gotten plenty of leadership advice over the years, but there’s a few that stand out.
- Actions Speak Louder Than Words
I’ve learned this one the hard way. As a former sales person, I was really good at talking a big game and sharing my vision for the future. However, I wasn’t always as good as backing up my words with actions. This is something that’s stuck with me ever since. To make sure that I’m following through on my commitments, I try to imagine myself in front of my entire team and I ask myself if they would be proud of me? You can also take this same approach by asking yourself if your boss or other high-level employees would be proud of you?
- Your Attitude Will Make or Break Your Career
This is another one that’s hit home for me. There were many times over the years where my attitude could have made all the difference in whether or not someone wanted to work with me again. It’s so easy to get frustrated when things don’t go our way, but we can’t let it affect us too much because it will only hurt our career.
- Don’t Be That Guy
For the longest time, being a self-starter meant taking on more work than everyone else to prove how valuable you are and how much you deserve it. It’s not about proving yourself though; its about doing what’s right for your team and company! If your work is given to you and then handed off to someone else, then there shouldn’t be an issue with helping them out too! Just remember: Don’t Be That Guy!
- Take a Step Back and Get Some Perspective
I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve struggled with a major case of tunnel vision in the past. When I’m deep in a project and really focused on what’s in front of me, it’s easy to lose track of everything else around me. This can cause you to miss out on important opportunities that are right in front of your face! To help combat this, I like to take a step back and get some perspective every once in awhile. In fact, I try to do this at least once per week because it helps me keep my job from completely taking over my life.
So now that you have your resume ready and you’re getting ready to make your way into this world of work, what do you do next? Your first job is just one step on the long journey that is your career. Hopefully, these posts have prepared you for navigating through leadership and have given some insight into what it’s like out there in the real world!