# 4 Seek feedback
Actively seek feedback from your superiors, colleagues, and subordinates to understand your strengths and areas for improvement. Use this feedback constructively to enhance your performance and demonstrate your commitment to growth.
Self-aware, confident, humble, and independent thinkers are open to input. They are good listeners and because they are solid in themselves they are open to unsolicited feedback, even if it’s negative. They don’t take it personally. Generally, they anticipate and would ask for comments in advance. Women are normally considered to be strong on this type of inclusive approach. This makes them good team players. Good team players, who combine those other attributes, get groomed for promotion:
Read 10 characteristics of a good team player.
#4 Strengthen relationships
Look at your organisation chart can you identify anyone who you could go to for advice (mentors) and who will advocate for you (sponsors.) Strengthen relationships with your colleagues, superiors, and other people of influence within the organisation. Networking can provide valuable support, mentorship, and advocacy when it comes to promotion opportunities.
# 5 Raise your visibility
Put your hand up and volunteer for high-visibility projects that will bring you into contact with future decision-makers. Show initiative, be proactive, and seek opportunities to contribute to the organisation’s success.
Worth a read: LinkedIn + Sunshine = Shining Career: How to Raise Your Visibility This Summer!
# 6 Keep a success log
Now is a good time to update all your documentation and keep a note of all your key achievements so you have those to hand. This will be a record of your accomplishments, successful projects, and any positive outcomes you have been part of. You can refer to this log during performance reviews and promotion discussions, as it provides tangible evidence of your capabilities.
# 6 Share your ambitions
Make sure your boss understands your ambitions, plus other key players in the organisation including the HR department. You also need to share your ambitions with your partner and family if you have so they are fully onboard with your goals. Teenage kids and spouses can derail promotion prospects involving a move as much as any boss.
#7 Hone your Leadership Skills
Promotions frequently involve supervisory or people management responsibilities. Demonstrate your ability to lead and inspire others by taking on leadership roles in team projects, mentoring junior colleagues, or participating in leadership training programmes. Leadership skills are highly valued for promotions into managerial or supervisory positions. If this isn’t your ideal route look for opportunities where you can become a functional specialist.
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#8 Banish Self-doubt
The enemy of creativity is self-doubt” said Sylvia Path; Eliminating self-doubt, showing confidence, creativity and independent thought will reduce the need for control and supervision. Self-doubt is a talent and promotion killer because it keeps you in your comfort zone. When your managers are confident in your ability, they will trust you and your decisions. People who don’t require close management, tend to be promotion-ready sooner. It means they are reliable in terms of judgement and process.
Some believe that the minute you have a backup plan you are setting yourself up for failure. Having multiple options to consider means that you are covering all your bases, not necessarily that you are not pursuing your primary goals. Anyone with the necessary strategic analytical skills who show far-reaching show vision, are usually a good candidate for promotion. This means being visible to your senior managers.
The poet Tennyson wrote that “true humility” is, “the highest virtue, the mother of them all.”
We all know that arrogance and ego can, and does, lead to promotions. But as a general rule the arrogant eventually trip up. Usually all by themselves. Being humble is in no way related to being subservient, but is a leadership attribute. Humble leaders are more highly respected and therefore more effective. Being able to craft success stories without bragging, is a skill.