If you’re good at what you do, chances are you’ll get promoted. And, with every promotion you’ll find yourself in a new environment where you have to quickly learn new competencies. What got you here won’t get you there! At each new level, we have to throw away the old ladder and begin to build a new one that goes up.
Act as if! If you want the new job, start acting as if you were doing it long before you’re given the new title or the actual promotion. This doesn’t mean elbow your boss or team leader out of the way. Instead, be their biggest champion. Imagine yourself in the new role long before the promotion is at hand. If you are on a team and want to be the team leader, what would you do if you were the leader? This subtle shift in our point of view will have us speak up differently in meetings, have us alter the conversations we have with our teammates, and begin focus on bigger issues and challenges.