Business advice often involves positioning yourself for promotion. But if the life advice “Live in the present” has value, why isn’t it applied as frequently to the working world? Stop jostling for a corner office. Embrace where you are in the corporate hierarchy and make the most of it today. There are ways to be a company leader, no matter your title, and contributing to the group’s success will make you more valuable than playing politics.
If you like what you’re doing and want to progress, continue your education. Industries are always evolving, and management techniques vary. Read books and absorb theories until you create an approach you’re comfortable with. Look for workshops, classes, and seminars where you can learn new skills and earn certifications. Don’t draw attention to it, but do inquire if your company knows of other opportunities you can take advantage of.
Help the Company Become Greener
Even if someone else is in charge of these efforts, there’s plenty of room for everyone to shine. You can partner with a community drive, cut down on paper and energy, recycle electronics properly, or reuse ink cartridges. With creative ideas, you can always work toward greater sustainability. More often than not, these measures save money for the company, too.
Give Credit Where It’s Due
Just because you’re not a supervisor, that doesn’t mean you can’t give your co-workers encouragement. When you’re impressed with someone’s work, tell them. Everyone can use a pat on the back, and people will look forward to collaborating with you. If you can get out of the mindset of your career as a competition, you’ll have more energy and focus to become the master of what you do.
With staffs getting leaner and responsibilities increasing, the tradition of mentoring the next generation has slipped through the cracks. Too often, interns and younger employees have to learn their jobs through trial and error because no one has time to train them. One of the ways to be a company leader, no matter your title, is to pass on what you’ve learned and make yourself available for questions. Outside work, you can reach out to schools and career service organizations to share what you do and suggest ideas for others to succeed. It may not be direct networking, but it’s good publicity for your business, you might find likely candidates to recruit, and making diverse connections might help you get where you’re going after all.