Is 2019 the year you get promoted, take on more responsibility and essentially feel like your career is moving in a forward direction? That’s what many of our candidates are hoping for and since we spend our time finding out what motivates our clients to hire and promote, we thought we’d share what they are looking for.
Effective leadership is a skill that some have naturally and others learn along the way of their career. Strong leaders influence those around them and motivate their team to achieve. The best leaders are excellent listeners and value the ideas and opinions of the team. They create an environment that their team feels comfortable sharing ideas, brainstorming and putting themselves out there. A good leader will have great ideas but more importantly know when a great idea has been given by the team. The ability to identify and execute the best idea for the collective good of the project is a key element to a great leader.
Our clients tell us over and over again, their best employees know how to effectively work with everyone on team. When working under a deadline or solving a problem, leaders instinctively know how to move the group towards the finish line. Being able to work with a variety of co-workers, clients and vendors is a true gift and can sometimes require patience, maturity and always requires getting rid of the ego. Those that can look at the horizon towards and see the big strategic goal of their project and firm will keep the team on track.
A hard days work is always noticed. Every firm knows who stays late, who catches up on the weekends and who can be counted on to get things done. Technology and our global market has blurred the lines of a standard work day. Now we are working with clients, offices and projects that expect a quick response and are in a variety of time-zones. Most in our industry can’t even imagine unplugging completely when they leave the office. The best not only work hard, they work efficiently and somehow still have fun along the way.
Everyone loves the idea person. They can be the igniting force of a great brainstorming session or change the direction of a project and make people look at things just a little bit differently. However, not all ideas need to be big. Coming up with an idea that creates efficiency or better communication can have a huge impact. Whatever your area of expertise the goal is to improve how things work so it’s better for the whole.
If you are not the idea person then an even better title is the solution person. Being resourceful and taking initiative to find answers is a trait that our clients are always talking about. Many can identify a problem or give a great idea but figuring out to execute the idea is a commodity that true leaders have.
In the meantime, as you hone in these five qualities here are 10 Simple Steps to Exceptional Daily Productivity