By Jan Ferri-Reed
Have you ever asked yourself “How can I stand out as a top performer and leader in my organization?” Top executives of organizations are always on the lookout for well-rounded leaders who are able to move the organization forward. According to Bill George former Chairman and CEO a medical technology company, Medtronic Inc., “Every great leader is at least three standard deviations from the norm.” Below are ten ways to reach your full potential and to surpass the norm as a leader.
- Get motivated: Motivation is the key to success. Find what motivates you and your work will progress. Ask yourself, “What am I passionate about?” Then create a working environment around your passion.
- Be optimistic: A positive outlook towards your career and life will affect your relationships with the people around you as well as your work.
- Be Ethical: In today’s world, especially with recent scandals, executives are looking for leaders who are ethical. Keep focus on your tasks rather than distractions. Your leaders will value you as a respectable employee who has integrity.
- Strive to be the best: Setting high standards for yourself and creating the most effective team will enhance your work ethic and determination. Doing your best work will open doors to advancement.
- Do more than what is expected: Executives look for employees that do more than what is expected. Take pride in every task and you will receive promotional benefits and other opportunities!
- Never stop learning: Taking night classes, reading books/scholarly journals and/or attending conferences will unlock new ideas and ways of tackling problems. Knowledge and wisdom will be an asset to you in everyday life.
- Pay attention: Reading the newspaper, watching the news or even researching your company will show that you are informed and knowledgeable.
- Network: Meeting new and different people will develop opportunities for the future. Talk to people everywhere you go, and you may find an opportunity in an unsuspecting place. Attend professional conferences and seminars when you are able and get to know industry professionals in your area.
- Be amicable: Take a little time everyday to talk to your colleagues and leaders. Your peers will have a positive outlook on you as a team person and colleague.
- Exercise and eat healthy: Exercising promotes more energy and confidence, and reduces stress. This will give you a better attitude towards work. Overeating can cause fatigue and laziness. With a combination of exercising and eating healthy, you will produce a clearer and healthier mind.
Personal growth will help you in phenomenal ways. Job advancement, wisdom and new experiences are keys to becoming a successful leader. By following these ten strategies, your career will advance in new ways. Reaching your full leadership potential is an obligation to yourself and your organization.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Jan Ferri-Reed, is President of KEYGroup and provides businesses with insightful information to create engaged, productive and profitable multi-generational organizations. She is the co-author of the best-selling book, “Keeping the Millennials: Why Companies Are Losing Billions in Turnover to This Generation and What to Do About It.” To hire Jan, visit: www.KEYGroupConsulting.com or call 724-942-7900.
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