If you feel you’re in something of a professional rut and not advancing in your career as you’d hoped you would be, then it’s time to do something about it. You might look at the quality of your work and wonder what could be going wrong, but more often than not the problem isn’t that, but rather some professional and personality traits that you are showing that put off your bosses from considering you for advancement.
Here are some examples of the kinds of traits we’re talking about:
1. Frequent Tardiness
Someone being late once in a blue moon and with good reason such as an isolated family emergency or a sudden transport issue is nothing to worry about. It happens to the best of us. However, patterns of tardiness are a cause for concern and will frequently prohibit professionals from being advanced in their work.
Those who are late for work, late for meetings, even late for company team building and social events, are all putting out the same message: “Your time isn’t as important as mine!” It shows a fundamental lack of respect for others, and a kind of deep-rooted selfishness where one only ever cares about their own timeline.
2. Unwillingness to Participate in Training and Development
Those who are serious about becoming successful executives within a company will take steps to better themselves. For example they’ll look for executive coaching services in Melbourne to really draw out and boost their key strengths. Those who are likely to be overlooked for advancement are the ones who eschew such opportunities.
Some people think certain training and professional development work organised by the company is beneath them. For example, seminars on things such as writing effective emails may seem trivial on the surface, but it might actually reveal surprising things about your own work habits that you can change and improve. Bosses and other executives notice that kind of attitude.
3. Lack of Organisation
Imagine walking past a subordinate’s desk every day and noticing that the desk was in a constant state of disarray and disorder. From piles of paper to stationery strewn about, drawers half open and closed, computers left on, trash cans full…what does it say about this person?
While you shouldn’t judge someone too harshly by such things, it’s a clear indication that this person takes no pride in their workspace, and that they have little regard even for the lowliest of company property. When you’re considering people for promotion, that kind of impression will stick with you.
4. A Short Temper
People with short tempers sometimes defend themselves from criticism by saying that their attitude simply reflects their intolerance of bad behaviour, and that they maintain high standards and expect others to follow. OK, fair enough, but frankly there are far better ways to express those feelings than by exploding at the person delivering your mail, or the receptionist, or even at a waiter when you’re out for lunch. Short tempers tend to make shorter careers!
5. Not Being a Team Player
Finally, those people who baulk at the idea of working as part of a team, or who when placed in a team seem to resist the idea of working alongside fellow colleagues in a convivial and productive spirit, are people who are invariably overlooked when it comes time to choose people for advancement.
Even when you get to the executive level, you are working as part of a team. There may well be fewer people on that team, but collaboration and team efforts are still core to generating success.
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