Build your tribe- part one
It's been 7 months since I wrote "I Am Ready! Want to Know My Plan?" and published it across my personal platforms. The post was lost in the trial and error of bootstrapping the relaunch of Leverette Weekes. Before leaving corporate America last year I spent my time understanding and addressing the barriers facing women in major corporations. Traveling from country to country visiting restaurants and workplaces I never knew what to expect so I developed a strategy to prepare for the unknown.
I recently I received a note on Linked In with a question I receive a lot- How do I get a job like ______? Usually the person is asking how to become a leader or even get a particular title. Typically they are in a large organization and need to break out to be seen as high potential.
As a young leader in Fortune 500 companies I had a big title with a small budget, little influence and no direct reports. Yes, I reported to the CEO but I was 25 when I started. It took time to gain trust from higher ups to earn resources like department budgets and employees. Until then I had to get comfortable building relationships and trust with people different from me. I had to convince other people with more resources why they should invest in my idea. At each meeting I had to prove my purpose and make a winning shot to stay in the game. It was a lot of pressure and I did not always feel prepared. Does this sound like you in your career?
According to Deloitte's millennial survey, 2 out of 3 millennials plan to leave the workforce by 2020. Depending on your perspective, that's a lot of opportunity. As a leadership coach I help clients apply winning strategies to your life. Here''s my advice for building trust and having fun as you learn to lead.
The first time you allow it is the last time they'll respect you. It is normal to get challenged at work. Plan ahead for dealing with conflict. Be honest with yourself and others about what works for you from the beginning. Whether it's unconscious or not, bias in the workplace is distracting. Take the time to prepare for your best and worst case scenario. Stay strong and own your place at the table.
What you allow is what will continue. Clarify your goals and visualize your ideal day. Define success for yourself. Value your time and your role in any space.
Nothing happens until somebody sells something. Talk is cheap, results are everything. Use your strengths to demonstrate your value. Quantify your impact and explain how you helped improve the bottom line. My first job was in sales and my manager told me if I didn't sell something by lunch time the lights were going to be cut off. I'm sure it was a joke but it taught me the urgency of making a profit and proving you can make money. Build trust and help your haters believe you can win by making a sale. Not what you were expecting as a leadership tip for people managers? Stand out by thinking like a business person and making a profit.
If it was easy everyone would do it. Leadership is hard. Managing people means taking on a job on top of a job. Besides more pay, why do you want more problems? Everything takes practice and a commitment to developing the skills you don't have yet.
Start small. Set a long term vision and be patient. Pick one skill or idea you would like to develop over the next 12 months and start taking steps towards making it happen. Before you know it you will be celebrating making it to the top! However you define success you can achieve it. I look forward to connecting with you and hearing your tips. I am currently accepting new coaching clients if you would like to work with me to develop your brand contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
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