5 Leaps That Will Push Your Career Forward – Rosana Beechum

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Pursuing a higher position and advancing in your career isn’talways easy when you are in management. In most companies, top-level management positions don’t get refreshed or made available as frequently as lower positions in the corporate structure. This means you don’t always have the opportunity to grow as a leader.

What usually happens is you spend a lot of time in the same position; the more time you spend, the more leading becomes a routine. It doesn’t have to be this way. There are things you can do to find new opportunities to explore and push your career forward. Sometimes, the discovery of new opportunities begins with taking a huge leap.

Go Back to School

Not all leaders have the initiative to return to school, but that doesn’t mean the leap isn’t worth making. In fact, going back to school and pursuing a higher degree than you currently hold will open new doors and grant you access to a wealth of opportunities.

While pursuing a higher degree, you will pick up new skills and improve as a leader as well. Those new skills and improved leadership ability can be the exact things you need to qualify for a higher position within the same company.

It is also worth noting that personal development is an important asset for professionals these days. Companies appreciate the steps you take to grow as a person and a professional. Don’t be surprised to receive a lot of new offers as soon as you start your journey towards earning a higher degree.

Explore New Markets

Another way you can expand as a leader and professional – and advance in your career at the same time – is by moving to a completely new market. You will face a new set of challenges and fall in love with overcoming those challenges all over again.

Today, moving to a new market and developing your career there iseasier than you think. There are international recruiters with whom you can connect. Certain services are specifically designed to help you connect with the right recruiters in different countries by distributing your CV to the right connections.

The actual process of relocating to a new country can be exciting too. You are free to choose the markets you want to explore based on personal preferences and the kind of challenges you want to work on. There is a world of opportunities waiting for you when you make the leap.

Find Balance

Many professionals work so hard to advance in their careers that they neglect to take care of other parts of their lives. This may seem like a good idea at first, but there are a number of reasons why abandoning this approach in exchange for a more balanced life is a good leap to make.

For starters, you are boosting the value of your time by allocating it wisely. Instead of spending extra hours at the office, use your time for personal activities, particularly activities that improve yourself as a person.

The more balanced your life is, the better you will perform at work. Studies have shown that leaders who spend enough time with friends and family and those who actually pursue their hobbies are more productive, more creative, and more capable as leaders.

Seek a Mentor

Just because you are at the top of your game, it doesn’t mean you should stop learning. In fact, one of the marks of great leaders is a willingness to learn continuously. Why not find an industry leader or an expert in a specific field, and then learn from that expert?

Having a mentor is a great way to reach new heights in your career. A mentor has the experience and expertise to help you grow. You will not only growprofessionallybut also personally. Even better, you can shorten the time needed to grow when there is a capable mentor by your side.

Mentorship could also lead to other avenues. A lot of CEOs ended up starting their own businesses after finding the right mentor and investor. Other leaders get recruited to bigger organisationswith the help of capable mentors. When you have someone helping you every step of the way, anything is possible.

Be a Mentor

One last leap you can consider if you want to advance in your career is becoming a mentor yourself. There are those who want to advance to your current level, and the best thing you can do is become a mentor for them.

By helping the people you lead, you are also helping yourself. Teaching is a fantastic way to learn from others too. At the same time, you are strengthening the company by growing its biggest assets: the employees.

As mentioned before, these are big leaps to take. They are not always easy to take too, especially when you consider the risks and challenges you will have to face along the way. When you are high

Work After the Military: How to Strive and Become a Leader – Brooke Faulkner

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The transition from military to civilian life can be a traumatic one. From being “on” 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and being connected to a unit and others around you like family to a less-structured workplace with fewer set rules and more freedom is a unique shock that few who have not served understand.

Yet at the same time, as a veteran, you bring some unique skills and lessons to the workplace that help you stand out as a leader. The adaptation means you need to openly communicate with your new employer and help them understand the challenges you face. Still, with the right strategy, you can strive and become a civilian leader in a way that rivals your military career. In fact, stories about leadership bring a lot to an organization, and the right employer will see that. Here are some tips for incorporating your military experience into your search for leadership opportunities.

Know What a Great Leader Is

All great leaders have four common traits, and many of these are already strengths you, as a veteran, have:

  • Organization: All great leaders are organized, and many of the skills you learned in the military will translate to staying organized as a civilian.
  • Professional: All great leaders maintain professionalism, and the professional standards of uniforms and chain of command protocol transfer well in this area, although there will be some adjustment to the civilian differences.
  • Eager to Learn: If your military career went like most, you probably did not do the same thing the entire time you were in, but things were always changing and you always had to learn something new. The same is true in the civilian world.
  • Charismatic: Often in the military you are followed and you follow others because of orders, whether you like them or not. In the civilian world, employees have choices, and you want them to want to follow you.

Once you know what a leader is, you can work on being a better one, and there are a few ways to do just that.

Transfer Skills You’ve Learned

Your military career taught you many valuable skills that translate well to the business world. From communication skills to clear-headedness under pressure, from your global outlook to your ability to conform to rules and structure, your training and time in service taught you many things.

All of those traits are things employers are looking for, especially from those who are looking to become leaders. Transfer them from military applications to a civilian workplace, and you will be sure to stand out from your peers. For instance, the ability to be clear headed under pressure leads to better decision making even in crisis, and the ability to conform to rules and structure when necessary keeps your organization in compliance in both legal and moral situations. These both make you a valuable leader and member of your company’s team.

Keep Learning From Others

One trait of leaders is eagerness to learn. While you come out of the military with a great set of skills, the civilian workplace is much different than military service, but others have made the transition before you. You can strive and become a leader with the right coaching and learning from others who have done it before you

Know what a great leader is. Keep learning from others. Transfer the skills you have learned. Your employer will understand and identify your potential, and you will shine and excel just as you did in your military career.

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Brooke Faulkner is a full-time writer and full-time mom of two.

She spends her days pondering what makes a good leader, and dreaming up ways to teach these virtues to her sons creativity enough that she’ll get more than groans and eye rolls in response. To read more of her work, follow her on Twitter @faulknercreek