You might not hold a MBA or a degree in your career however having certain interpersonal skills, positive behaviours and an expanded mindset can take you far up the ladder. Often enough the behaviours and beliefs we have are self-sabotaging, hence we are our worst enemies. Here are a few practices that can propel your personal and professional growth:
1. A constructive attitude – Your attitude determines how you perceive, receive, view and approach life hence a sound attitude leads to stability, balance, confidence and happiness. A poor attitude makes you treat people poorly and shows disrespect. Having the right attitude is important in decision making, it determines your purpose as well as the way people receive you.
2. Energy – There are people that radiate a positive vibration and spending 5 minutes in their company can leave you feeling energized and good about yourself. The pendulum unfortunately also swings in the opposite direction where some people just sap the life force out of you. Energy just like an epidemic is contagious and holds a similar level of power. Are you uplifting and motivating people or living in a world off your own? Mediation, prayers, exercise or time spent in nature can be effective in helping you manifest positive and healthy energy.
3. Time Keeping – Being on time for work, events, appointments, etc, tells a lot about your character and it also shows respect towards other people’s time and needs. Showing up early – whether it’s for an appointment, interview or meeting always gives you the edge over your competitors.
4. Commitment – A few years back when I worked for a Telecommunications giant in London, I showed up an hour early to work every day for 12 months and was one of the last ones to leave. During that time, I learnt everything I could on how to lead projects and when the time came to migrate the call centres to India, I was amongst the fortunate ones to be selected to work on that project. The commitment and dedication I gave to my career was second to none, similarly with anything we want in life a high level of dedication and commitment must come from within.
5. Communication – It is essential to be able to communicate with people on various levels whether it is for a meeting with board of directors, clients, staff, etc great interpersonal skills is essential in getting ahead. Body language is even more important than verbal communication because 85% of what we don’t say is communicated via body language. For example, if you walk into a meeting with your shoulders slouching and without making eye contact no one will take you too seriously. Try walking with your chin up, back straight and look straight ahead – this makes you seem more confident.
6. Dress the part – and finally to be successful you’ve got to look successful. Your dressing conveys volumes about your image, brand and personality. So, if you’re looking to secure a seat at the boardroom table for a corporate firm dressing up in the most revealing clothes most definitely won’t earn you the role. Make the time to dress for success so that you attract success.