While there are no shortcuts to success and it’s all about displaying performance and potential over a period of time, Saba Adil, head talent, Aegon Religare Life Insurance Co Ltd shares few tips for employees to help them beef up their prospects to get promoted:
Consistently deliver: Consistent high performance in current job and demonstrating critical behaviors required for the next larger role is key to progress. Quantity and quality are both important and one should not be compromised for the other. In case you are an individual contributor and your next role will be to lead a team, you should acquire team management skills to be able to steer the team in the right direction, articulate expectations, help them where required and deliver as a team. Therefore, the job rises above on what you can deliver to what you and your team could collaboratively deliver.
Self assessment: Do a fair assessment of yourself in terms of your key strengths and development areas. You may even ask for formal, informal feedback from significant others – people who have seen you at work and can provide a fair feedback to you. This is an important step to understand what your next role could be and how would you fit into the role. Self awareness and acceptance is the first step in the journey of self development. Play on your strengths and go for a role that would bring the best in you, however, also draw up a plan for improvement in some areas that you may not be so good at but are important for the next role and diligently work on those.
Learnability: Challenging times bring in ambiguity and situations that haven’t been dealt before. People, who are agile, can adapt quickly and learn new things and are the ones who have a higher degree of success. Keep yourself abreast with the latest developments, market intelligence and trends. These are skills that are most sought after and are an edge over the rest.
Demonstrate potential: Skills for the next role could be very different from the current role. In order to earn confidence of your manager on your readiness for a larger role, go the extra mile in getting a job delivered. Take on additional projects and lead them to completion. These not only provide exposure to different aspects of roles, but also create visibility across functions. You will have people canvassing for you if you take the extra initiative and deliver a job to its satisfaction.
Develop leadership skills: As you grow into senior roles, advancing your leadership skills and strategic thinking is imperative for development and progress as they form a key part of the role. In case you are a functional expert, work towards developing a general business sense and a commercial acumen.
Lastly, never push too hard. While you should project and position your achievements well, pushing too hard on a promotion never works. Remember if you have the competence and are a good performer, your organisation will notice and recognise and if they don’t – someone else will!