Ever wondered why the executive in the next cabin is able to accomplish all deadlines in a time-bound manner and does it with élan. Or why a certain corporate professional is the toast of the organization and maintains a rapport with all and sundry. What is the X-Factor required to ‘click’ at the workplace? Read on…
In that order. Very important to set out priorities and work accordingly. Includes charting out a micro and macro level action plan for actionable items on a day-day, month-month and year-year basis and duly cushioning for emergency scenarios.
2. Analytical orientation
Corporate crises and exigencies call for a probing and an extremely analytical attitude towards problem-solving. Effective root-cause-analysis stems from this attitude, which helps in rounding off the edges and oblique points from the system, thereby avoiding the crises per se, moving forward.
3. Re-checking facts and figures
Current day dynamics of corporate world warrants zero skewness on your data accuracy. The information on your plate should be authentic and in sync with other related pieces of the puzzle. Remember any information that you present reflects your integrity and professionalism on the job.
4. Cheerful attitude
A cheerful and friendly demeanour at the workplace makes you approachable to the people who matter. Wear a warm smile and greet everyone, thereby breaking the ice and build confidence in others for you. They open up before you and hence intricate and critical information is not brushed under the carpet. You create a distinct rapport with colleagues and, at times, they walk that extra mile to accomplish targets and deadlines. There is an increased level of transparency and trust between stakeholders leading to efficient systems and information flow.
5. Setting a benchmark by practice
You should be proficient and prolific in your work area. Setting an example by actually doing the work goes a long way in others believing and hence bench-marking you. At the same time, it safeguards against someone who tries to play truant in the process. Simply put, ‘practice before preaching’.
The above are some of the ground rules for transforming into an able leader from the executive next door.
Do you have it in you to be a leader? Check and see.