At one organization I was consulting for nearly every time I walked by one of the developers’ desk, I saw pictures of guns on his giant screens. This is an example of what NOT to do. Every move you make in an organization must be intentional and professional no matter what level. Look at guns at home (if you must). End of story – he no longer works there. It’s not about the guns really, it’s about how you spend your time. You are always leading others whether you know it or not. All must collaborate to meet the goals of the company that is paying you. You aren’t in a club, you’re in a business.
Here are some activities you can invest in to grow your leadership in this contributor position:
- Go to as much training as you can and learn as much as you can. Don’t limit yourself to things you like, instead, step into training you aren’t as interested in. That’s likely what you need the most.
- Stay positive. Don’t get sucked into gossip and negativity. That kills careers and it is the bane of leadership.
- Be professional and a grown up. Every day and always.
- Ask for help, ask lots of questions, be curious.
- Volunteer for events or anything that helps you meet people.
- Smile and say hi to people when you walk by them. Make eye contact. Be sincere.
Here are some things that you should not do:
- Focus on looking like you’re doing a good job instead of doing a good job.
- Compete to beat others out in the leadership competition. There is no competition.
- Put others down especially those you perceive as threats. There’s room for everyone.
- Don’t forget about decorum. This is giant part of being a professional. Be very careful with your language. Don’t say anything that a good minister wouldn’t say. Don’t tell any stories that you wouldn’t want your kids to hear. When there is a customer in the room, talk to them by asking lots of questions and making them feel valued. Watch others’ behavior who have been promoted and learn from them.
Consider bringing in the RMA Leading Teams workshop. In this experiential workshop (face to face or online), each team member will complete a Trimetrix EQ diagnostic instrument, and the results will be combined into a Team Wheel and detailed Team Report. Our expert facilitator will lead your team through the data, creating awareness of the strengths and opportunities that can replace the arguments and stress.