Getting results for your organization is critical if you’re looking to get promoted. You often have to be going above and beyond in your current role, being a top performer compared to others. At the same time, even if you get results you have to develop good relationships with your co-workers.
If you are working for an organization that treats you well and pays you fairly it’s in your best interest to seek opportunities to take on more responsibility.
Exposure in the workplace is really important if you want to move up in your company. I know this one is tough for us introverts. Going to the happy hour after a long day of work doesn’t always sound that appealing. Neither does meeting with co-workers for lunch instead of hunkering down at our desks.
Being clear with your supervisor about your intentions to pursue a promotion is essential. When your leadership knows your interests they should help you find opportunities to develop in those areas.
There are a few different ways that managers lead others. The most effective ways to lead are through strong relationships and by being knowledgeable. The least effective way to lead is through role power.
The best way to establish a relationship with a mentor or sponsor is to work with them directly. I know you can’t always choose your boss, but you could get involved with a project that gives you exposure to senior leaders.