Business leadership skills have changed over the years. You have to commit to adapt and evolve to what works in today's business environment to boost your career fast. The good thing is, with a bit of updated business leadership know-how, you can make the minor adjustments needed, relatively quickly, and be right up to speed.
If you don't have the education that a co-worker has, or you were hired at a lower role within the company to start, it doesn't matter when it all comes down to it. What matters most is what you do to boost your career once you're at a company. There are tons of success stories of men and women that started working in entry-level positions and climbed to the top relatively quickly, and you can do the same.
Embrace the business leadership skills that I share below. By doing so, you'll boost your career fast and blow away everyone else in your office, I assure you, without a doubt. The one thing you need to understand before you read any further is that you determine your success. Don't listen to anyone that tells you differently.
Creative Business Leadership Skills
If you think like everyone else, how are you going to offer anything different – the answer is, you're not. I'm not a big fan of "thinking outside the box," but I am a big fan of "thinking in the box and outside of the box while bringing new creative ideas to the table." Creative thinking is where most growth occurs. Most of the time, the best idea is sitting right there in front of you, and it's so simple, but you miss it because you're always looking for this great big compelling idea to come to you instead.
Inspirational Business Leadership
You don't need to be the next person that solves the world's toughest physics problem. Just be the person at your company that's always coming up with creative ideas to drive new sales, and you'll do just fine. The smaller steps you take, and the simpler they are to follow, the more success you'll have.
Business Leadership Qualities
You can never know too much. Don't fool yourself into thinking that you "know it all" because you don't. The most successful people are voracious learners. They love to consume content via any method possible. Listening to a podcast or educational audiobook is always an excellent way to fill travel time. Knowledge will help you get ahead, so take full advantage of every learning opportunity.
Timely Business Leadership
There's no excuse for being late. I get the snowstorm, the flat tire, the car accident, and such, but what I'm talking about is just flat out being disrespectful and not showing up to appointments or commitments on time because you didn't leave yourself enough time to get to where you needed to be. If you consistently don't show up on time, it's not going to be good for your career. People won't trust you, and they'll stop setting up appointments with you. I always say, "5-minutes early is on time." Be the role model when it comes to being on time.
Enthusiastic Business Leadership
We're all human beings. When we walk into a room and don't know anyone, we naturally feel uncomfortable, so having someone, like yourself, reach a hand out to break the ice, and help them feel comfortable, will pay you dividends in terms of new relationships for years to come. Some of my best business relationships have come from a simple smile and a friendly handshake. It's so simple. If you're at a conference or event and see someone on the outside of your 2 or 3 person conversation circle staring out into the abyss looking lost, invite them in, introduce yourself, and add them to the conversation. You never know who it may be that you're reaching your hand out to—it may well be your next boss or next best customer.
Unique Business Leadership
Being unique, and just being you, is really one of the toughest things to do, but it's also one of the most important, so you need to get this one down and learn to, "just be yourself." The strange thing is that deep down inside, we all want to be unique, but then we're pounded by our peers to conform to the latest and most significant trends, we lose track of who we are. It's ok to be different, and it's ok if you don't look the same or do the same things as everyone else. The most successful people didn't get to where they are by following the same road that everyone else was taking. They got there by paving their very own path, and by being true to themselves by doing what they wanted to do, how and when they want to do it.
Positive Business Leadership
The better your attitude, the more people you're going to attract, and the more people you attract, the more introductions to additional new people you're going to have. You want to be the person that people say, "Oh, you have to meet him. He's completely amazing," or "Oh, she is the absolute best person." Be the positive magnet that pulls people together and gets them talking. I always say, "The better the attitude, the higher the altitude." Set yourself up for success by thinking of 5 things you're grateful for before your feet even hit the floor in the morning. A positive mind can do some amazing things and help out a ton of different people.
Responsible Business Leadership
No one is going to knock on your door every day looking for where you are. You need to be responsible for yourself and your career success. You can lose success just as fast as you received it if you're not accountable to "yourself." Take responsibility for your actions, be disciplined, be respectful, and be kind to everyone that you meet. There's no place for negativity in any aspect of your life. If you want to feel estimable, do estimable things. Blame-shifting and shirking the responsibility for your actions on someone else is never a good idea. If you messed up, it's ok, take responsibility and make it right as fast as possible, and set yourself up, so you don't make the same mistake again.
Thank You Business Leadership
A thank you doesn't have to be anything extravagant or crazy, in fact, the more straightforward and sincere, the better. A simple handwritten note is what I find to work best. People want to feel appreciated, and by taking the time to share your appreciation, you'll be helping them feel fulfilled. When you help people feel satisfied, they naturally enjoy your presence. They'll also look to engage in future conversations and business with you, which is an excellent step in the right direction for career growth. It's important to remember that "thank you" needs to come from the heart without expecting anything in return. Say thank you because you're appreciative and want them to know that what they did helped you out.
There you have them, my tried-and-true business leadership skills that will help boost your career fast. They'll help you out in your family life as well, so don't be shy about using them. Like with all the information that I share, it only works if you take action on what you learn. Daily activity yields the best results.