The old saying is “it’s lonely at the top” and for the most part that is true. Most companies only have one CEO or one person in charge of the operation, but that doesn’t mean you have to be lonely. If you’re an effective leader you may have a strong ego, but you should also have a service mentality. Reaching this location means you’ve found ways to handle objections and sell your worth to the company you work for, which you can certainly share with those who have the drive and passion to succeed. Being at the top should also mean you’ve attended the conferences over your career that have helped you build a strong network that you can rely on to help you when they’re needed.
Why Real Leaders have Strong Egos (And That’s a Good Thing)
Fast Company Article:
It’s amazing that we expect our leaders to be without egos. Far too often saying that someone “has an ego” is meant to mean their arrogant or closed minded, but an ego is a good thing and doesn’t mean the person is either of those things. In order to be an effective leader you have to possess the confidence needed to face adversity and know you’re still doing the right thing. It’s important to balance this confidence with the need to serve and encourage others to participate and contribute to the best of their abilities. This balance isn’t possible without having an ego that gives you the confidence and drive to move forward with the project, plan or goal that you’ve already set for yourself. Go ahead and embrace your ego and find the positive aspects of it while you still practice serving others in your leadership role.
This is How You Solve the Stickiest Career Dilemma
The curse of being too good at your job to be promoted is a real problem for many professionals. This curse can be broken if you train an understudy, but there is a likelihood you’re going to be typecast in your next role and then again in the next as well. The point is the world will see only what you’ve done and not what you can offer unless you tell them. That makes it more important than ever to be able to talk on your feet and believe in yourself. Do you see yourself at the top of a company running the entire business or are you satisfied with the job you’re in? If you want more and want to move up, you have to be ready to sell yourself to others even if you don’t meet the hated “minimum qualifications” being asked for.
How to Decide Which Conferences are Worth Your Time
Harvard Business Review Article:
Are you starting out as a new entrepreneur or are you a seasoned veteran? Have you noticed the same people attending the same conferences as you over and over again? Conferences can be a huge benefit to your career when you’re just starting out in a new venture, but as you gain experience and a name for yourself, the conferences that might make a difference to you will be presented to you over time. Select the conferences that will make an impact for you and if you can get a list of those in attendance and pick a few people you’d like to meet and make contact with. Adding some of these people to your contacts can be a huge surge in your career.