Developing a successful career can be a daunting task, especially if you’re unsure of where to start and how to navigate the corporate landscape. In my career, I’ve experienced both the highs and the lows of developing my own career path and now feel a responsibility to help others do the same. Through my own experiences, I’ve identified three key areas that I believe are critical in developing a successful career: the seat, the voice, and the ladder. In this blog post, I’ll share insights and tips to help you gain a seat at the table, develop your leadership and management voice, and how to find the ladders that can help your career take off.
If you’re seeking upward momentum, it’s crucial to secure a seat at the table. Personally, I was fortunate enough to start my journey as a Board Secretary and get an early spot at the leadership table. It was the perfect learning ground for me- I had the chance to watch and learn from some of the best before taking on a leadership role myself. So if the chance to learn and observe is there, take it! You’ll be amazed at what you can achieve once you’ve seen how the best of the best make it happen.
Being a leader means that you must be involved in decision-making processes and strategic discussions at every level. A mentor can guide you through the complexities and help you identify opportunities for growth, while embracing stretch projects gives you the chance to showcase your skills and contribute in meaningful ways.
Developing your leadership and management voice is critical in gaining credibility and influence within the organization. This means actively seeking opportunities to share your thoughts and ideas, and to advocate for yourself and your team. It also means being open to feedback and embracing opportunities to learn and grow.
As a leader, I’ve learned that I need to fine-tune my approach to different scenarios. Sometimes it’s best to listen, other times you need to take charge, bring out the best in people, or deliver tough news. Having a seat at the table also means that you should ask yourself, “What role can I play, here?” to adapt your style to the situation.
Throughout my career, I’ve witnessed many individuals ascend the corporate hierarchy with ease. Yet, I’ve encountered only a handful who strive to support those following in their footsteps, providing the necessary guidance to step onto the ladder. With this blog, I aim to change that – to construct more ladders and to show the path forward for those struggling to find their foothold.
Climbing the corporate ladder may seem daunting, but identifying the right rungs can make all the difference. This involves developing your skills and discovering the diverse career paths within your organization and seizing opportunities to grow and develop.
Developing a successful career is a journey that requires dedication, perseverance, and a willingness to learn and grow. I believe that by understanding the seat, the voice, and the ladder, you can build the skills and relationships necessary to achieve your goals and make an impact within your organisation and on your career. Remember, success doesn’t happen overnight, but with persistence and a clear vision of your goals, you can succeed and thrive in your career.