Have you ever wondered what value you bring to your organization? Value is the return on investment benefit that your company enjoys because of your unique contribution to clients, colleagues and work products. It also includes things like how you enhance the company brand, introduce innovative approaches or facilitate breakthrough solutions that impact the bottom-line. The degree of value you uniquely bring to your company is directly correlated with your irreplaceability.
Now most of us don’t believe we are irreplaceable; however, there are individuals in organizations who definitely have long-term influence. Promotional Consultant Today shares these six tips for building this influence.
Believe you are irreplaceable. Confidence is huge. If you don’t see your contribution, or potential contribution, as valuable, how will others?
Be political. Political savvy is one of the most difficult skills to teach, yet one of the most crucial, particularly for achieving C-suite ambitions. Being political does not mean failing to listen or being influenced by other points of view. In fact, some of the most influential leaders are distinguished by their careful and authentic consideration of alternatives.
Pull your head up, away from the fires and the tedious tasks, and look around. Irreplaceable people find opportunities to affect systems, not just cross off the ever-replenishing “to do” list items.
Find, acknowledge, embrace and cultivate your creativity. Find ways to tap into the right side of your brain more regularly—the intuitive, thoughtful and subjective side. Take an art class, or take a walk through an art gallery during your lunch break. Though it is common to want to take objective approaches to leading, in reality, you live in subjective organizations where being able to read subtle cues, use intuition, and thoughtfully navigate your own emotion and those of others are invaluable characteristics.
Access your whole self. We are more than just heads sitting propped up on hunched shoulders slouching over computers. Stand up. Take a walk. Stop thinking about work—several times per day. Incorporate walking meditation into each day: letting yourself be overwhelmed by the beauty of the trees changing color or feel the crisp air on your face while freeing your mind of negative thoughts. Then go back to your workplace feeling refreshed and open to new ideas for solving the problems that will inevitably still be just where you left them.
Help others. Show yourself to be a team player and willing to step up and take on opportunities to be helpful to others without being asked or needing a reward.
Know that inside you have the ability and the courage to create something—a relationship, a culture within your unit, a new product or system or offering—that others may not immediately approve of nor understand, but that adds value to truly make you peerless in your organization.
Source: DeEtta Jones is a leadership strategist, social justice advocate and author. She has more than 20 years of experience working with individual leaders and teams in some of the world’s most prominent universities and corporations. Her multidimensional background and fresh perspective leaves clients feeling heard and empowered to take on some of the major organizational and workforce challenges of our times.
Compiled by Cassandra Johnson for Promotional Consultant Today ePublication