In a competent world like ours, fresh graduates are lost amongst the sea of innumerous degree holders. From convincing an employer why you are better than the best, to getting your next promotion; let this article guide you as to how to climb the ladder of corporate leadership.
Communication and Presentation skills
At every stage in one’s professional life, they are required to delivering presentations to an audience, be it to their subordinates or seniors. Having good ideas is great, but being able to communicate and present those ideas to the group effectively and concisely is a skill.
One formula which goes to make every presentation successful is the BIKER ‘B’ acronym:
Some communication essentials would be using correct body language (somewhere between ‘not too stiff’ but ‘not too much pacing’ does the trick), being an attentive listener, maintaining eye contact, and smiling (it goes a long way!).
Your EQ and CQ are as important as your IQ
For achieving corporate success, having great qualifications is not enough. Emotional Intelligence Quotient (EQ) and Cultural Intelligence Quotient (CQ) have become a very important aspect of a person’s evaluation.
So what is this EQ and CQ we talk about?
EQ or emotional intelligence is basically how you perceive, control and manage emotions. It is your ability to resonate with your team and your clients, understanding their needs and their motivations. As some would call it, your ‘people skills’ need to be strong. While being completely emotionless is not acceptable, it is still important for one to develop a bit of thick skin.
CQ or Cultural intelligence is related to emotional intelligence, but it goes a step further. People with high emotional intelligence can pick up on the emotions, wants, and needs of others. Those with high cultural intelligence are attuned to the values, beliefs, attitudes, and body language of people from different cultures; whether it be a trivial matter of deciding between a bow and a handshake or bigger issues like analyzing misunderstandings and setting them right, or being able to avoid them in the first place. This comes in handy especially when you are working at a multinational firm or dealing with cross-cultural team, which is quite common these days.
As cliché and overused as this phrase may sound, it is indeed true; ’Learn to lead yourself before you lead others’. This may start off from simple things like prioritizing your time and range to keeping yourself motivated to continue giving your best even in the lowest of times.
Once you have accomplished this, then there is no stopping you from leading others and being their source of motivation.
Do not make promises you cannot deliver, be it to your juniors or seniors. Always ‘walk the talk’. Abiding by this law will make sure you are taken seriously by your colleagues and peers. That in itself is a sign of a leader in the making.
Getting people to be loyal to do is a task, but a leader’s real strength lies in getting his team to be loyal to each other. In times of difficulty, even in your absence, if the team can stay strong, you have succeeded in your role.
Lastly, never forget to be creative, think outside the box and dream big. Always leave your comfort zone, stretch your boundaries and try to make the impossible possible. After all, you are the one who has to set the mark for your followers.
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