In business, almost no one gets ahead by accident. While it might seem like certain individuals keep getting promoted due to luck or schmoozing or other factors unrelated to performance, the fact is that people who climb the proverbial career ladder tend to do so for a reason.
In a great Daily Muse post titled “The 5 Signature Moves of People Who Get Promoted Again and Again,” Rhett Power of Inc. outlines a handful of those reasons. According to Power, there are certain behaviors that career climbers tend to exhibit, and even if they won’t send you on the fast track to the corner office, they’re well worth adopting.
Power’s first “signature move” involves problem solving. People who get promotions know how to both solve problems and recognize them in the first place. When they see something that needs fixing, they speak up and use their brain rather than complaining or burying their head in the sand.
Jumping in and volunteering to solve problems can be difficult, but that’s OK, because as Power writes in his second list item, constantly promoted people routinely “step outside their comfort zone.” No one ever achieved greatness by playing it safe, and the most valuable employees are the ones willing to take risks and dare to be great.
They also “study the boss,” Power’s third cited trait. There’s a reason the manager is the manager. Regardless of your career field, it’s a safe bet that the things your supervisor finds important are things you should find important, too. “Identifying your boss’ values is an important step toward learning how to become a successful industry leader,” Power writes.
Another skill common among successful people, Power says, is the ability to see both the big and little picture. Ideally, every task you perform at work serves a purpose and helps you and the company reach an end goal. Go-getters realize the extent to which even the most mundane activities play a role in the grand scheme of things. Over time, they learn to anticipate what needs to be done before the boss has to spell things out. “This type of initiative is essential for being promoted,” Power writes.
While great employees are self-starters, they’re not lone wolves. Power’s final observation: “They’re team players.” His advice is to hone your interpersonal skills and learn how to work well with others. If nothing else, it’ll make your days more pleasant, and it could help you get where you’re looking to go.