Do Your Job Like a Boss
This is how to snag that promotion.
Ask the Tough Questions
As much as we complain about our managers, admit that it’s kind of awesome having a buffer between you and the head honcho. The downside? It’s easy to fall into a trap of depending on your boss to fix little stuff before she sends it up the flagpole. Always channel your supervisor: are there issues that aren’t resolved? Questions that haven’t been answered? Address all of it. You get no points for saying, “Oh yeah, that occurred to me too”.
Manage Your Priorities
Business owners and leaders have dozens of people, events, and tasks pulling them in different directions every day. They have to know what’s a hot-potato, must-get-done thing and what can be put on the back burner. Same for you. Keep a list and constantly prioritise your tasks, shifting things up and down the ladder. Every time a new project comes your way, think: what matters most? What can wait, and for how long?
Take the Initiative
It’s amazing what you can solve for yourself if you think about it before asking for guidance. When you hit a problem—or if you see an opportunity that would help your employer—brainstorm courses of action and present them to your boss. She’s not around to run them by? Get things in motion. You’d want an assistant who books you on a new flight when yours gets canceled before you have to ask.
Keep Your Cool
So many women starting out in a career are devastated when they don’t get gold stars for their ideas. You’re going to have some duds. You have to be able to move on and churn out another fabulous idea. Keep your composure, fight any urge to be defensive, and bounce back. Bosses get shot down too, but the good ones don’t let anyone see them sweat.
Give Yourself a Review
Evaluations with your manager help determine raises and promotions. So it’s important to think about your last review and reflect on the stuff that your boss will use to measure how well you’re doing this year. If you know there’s an important part of your job you’ve shirked on, doing a self-assessment every few months can remind you of that fact. We don’t want you to get down on yourself—you should also celebrate your successes and strengths. Write them down: not only will this boost your confidence, but a written record of your wins can also help you negotiate a raise (it’s easy to forget all the great stuff you’ve done over the course of a year).
Dress the Part
There’s an old adage that if you want to be the boss, dress like the boss. We don’t mean you need to look like your supervisor’s mini-me. But if you’re ever worried your look might raise eyebrows, wear something else. Whatever your personal style or workplace, a young woman with a crisp outfit, tidy nails, and neat hair always looks confident and pulled together. In other words, she looks like a CEO-to-be.
Prioritising every task makes you a star. The blowout helps too!