As you’re working on honing your leadership skills for that next job advancement move in your sales or marketing career, here are some Do’s and Don’ts to keep in mind.
- DO get to know what you’re good at… and what you’re not.
- DON’T let that stop you from developing skills that might not be areas of strength right now. So you’ve never been very good with technology; they say that 10,000 hours of practice can make you an expert at anything. We say you don’t need quite that many hours of practice to be significantly stronger than you are now in any arena.
"Consider signing up for a webinar or online class to boost specific technology skills. You might be surprised what you can learn or improve upon after a few google searches or youtube videos." - Nick Louca, Associate Director, Robert Walters
- DO cultivate strong relationships both within and outside of your company. Savvy networking is a crucial skill if you’re looking to eventually enter into a management position.
- DON’T engage in gossip or partake in the rumor mill. They say to dress the part of the job you want in the future; take it a step further and act the part as well, exhibiting strong integrity among your colleagues.
- DO be active on social media, particularly LinkedIn.
- DON’T be an over-sharer about your personal life. A little bit of detail about your day gives your social media presence personality; too much detail, or the wrong kind, is off-color. When in doubt, leave it out.
- DO go the extra mile to answer emails, return phone calls, and take care of work at your desk.
- DON’T isolate yourself behind your screen. Get to know your co-workers. Be available for conversations. Mingle professionally.
- DO learn to recognize the strengths and efforts of others and lend compliments and constructive criticism when it’s asked for or called for.
- DON’T offer unsolicited critique or point fingers about negative outcomes. A good leader always looks in the mirror first.
- DO treat all co-workers as partners, even if they are your direct reports.
- DON’T treat others as subordinates… even if they are.
- DO learn the art of the “humble brag” - tooting your own horn (especially on social media) without coming across as cocky.
- DON’T assume personal credit for group efforts. Sometimes the best way to get credit for work well done is to pass that credit along to others under your tutelage.
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