Things Every Woman Should Know About Climbing The Corporate Ladder

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While sitting alone in my room and thinking about my career and sipping some wine to quench my thirst (for success may be), I wondered, “what are the things every woman should know about climbing the corporate ladder?”.

No, I am still not a leader, a successful Senior Manager may be. But with a definite need to climb this so-called ‘corporate ladder’ in a patriarchal society, where men are to rule and women are to follow them. However, I must confess, I’ve been very lucky to have spent most of my working life surrounded by strong women role models. In a work environment where more than 50% of my colleagues are female, I’ve had many opportunities to see how women with different types of personalities can succeed in a corporate environment while remaining true to themselves.

Also, as the world of work continues to change, so do the qualities and characteristics of the managers who aim to become leaders. Work is not the same as it used to be and we are witnessing dramatic changes in both behavior and technology, not only in our professional lives but in our personal lives. This means, only because a few managers were successful in the past doesn’t mean they will be successful in the future as well. Being a leader today is different from what it was 10 or even 5 years ago. And that too when you are a female, on the way to becoming a leader and climbing the corporate ladder, it takes a lot more than just hard work and caliber. Leading people and managing them, now has moved well beyond just commanding them to “get it done.”

Ladies, we know it well that mastering key skills including relationship-building and communications are imperative to succeed and we strive to achieve our professional goals.  However, out of my personal experience, here are some helpful tips on how you can continue to thrive and stand out like a shining diamond:

Learn to grab the right opportunity at the right time:

Remember that opportunities come when you don’t expect them to knock at your door. Get involved in as many good opportunities as you can. No, I am not asking you to juggle too many tasks at once, but, to look for anything where you can stand out and rise to the top. As a human, you’re designed to seek comfort – we all are. If you’re too comfortable where you are, it could translate into a fear of reaching for something new. So, keep your eyes open and grab any opportunity where you feel you can outshine others with your work. In short, you need to prove your mettle first before asking your boss to consider your candidature for that next promotion you have been dreaming of.

Create your own professional network:

Networking doesn’t stop once you have the job. The more people you know and who know you, and like you, the better. Also, having great relationships with your co-workers is important because it will help you stay satisfied at work and give you something to look forward to each day. Albeit, never neglect to form relationships with the right people – the people that will help you move from point A to point B. In short, never miss the opportunity to connect with people and to add them to your professional network.

Strive to learn new skills: 

Generally, it has been seen that your degree or certification can only take you to a certain extent or to a particular level. So, to move forward means you need to go above and beyond. Your current skill set might be perfect for your current role, but it might be preventing you from moving ahead. Look at where you’d like to end up and look at the job requirements it’ll take to get there. Whatever and whenever you’re lacking, reach for it. It might mean joining a professional organization and sitting on the board, but, it could also mean going back to school for a higher degree, taking continuing education credits or earning a few extra certifications. In short, never stop learning.

Sustain a professional attitude:

Ladies, make it a point to always act, dress and present yourself the way you wish to be viewed by your colleagues and managers.  By exuding professionalism that includes a positive attitude, you will gain the respect of others in the office. Also, always keep in mind that no one wants to work with a sourpuss. So, when the going gets tough, give a smile, don’t complain and keep your negative energy to yourself. This can make a striking positive difference in your career. And, do not scheme! Please, whatever you do and however tempting – do not scheme. The amount of time you take to plot your moves and plan your strategy is better used for generating ideas, working hard and improving yourself. Remember all these positive things have more long-term benefits than you know.

Hoping these tips make it a bit better for you, so let me end this blog here with a quote that is a personal favorite:

The Corporate Ladder

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