Is That Just A Title . . . Or Really Your Talent?

You’ve been named Manager/Director/VP of fill in the blank. Your mother must be so proud. With an even more amazing track record, why you may even have been appointed President or CEO. Congratulations – but remember, right now, it’s just a title.

You must demonstrate you possess the innumerable positive traits that prove you deserve that title. After all, the temperamental, unapproachable boss who scares everyone enough to stay away, to avoid being caught in the crossfire, is old-fashioned and no longer acceptable.

So how do you convey to others that you have the myriad of talents necessary? Consider these questions during the next several weeks.

  • What is your body language when presenting to your staff or in a one-on-one meeting? Are your hands in your pockets? Do you wander aimlessly around a meeting room? Are you looking directly into people’s eyes?
  • Are you so impressed with your title you don’t try to develop relationships with staff and clients? Is your office door closed and fortressed by your assistant?
  • How is your appearance? Do you dress well every day? Is that outfit stylish? Does that suit fit you and/or does that tie hang down to your knees? Should you have cleaned and pressed your skirt/suit/pants two wearings ago?
  • Do you and your staff have a clear idea of company goals? Is your vision being communicated clearly? Are procedures well-organized and focused on common objectives? Are particularly successful employees being rewarded?
  • Are you aware of personality clashes, petty jealousies, factions, etc. within your staff that could torpedo success under your management?

Remain alert to how small and large groups are responding to you. Be honest. Listen to yourself to determine if this is really you, or are you sounding too impressed with that title. It’s an easy habit to fall victim to.

In reality, while you can “third eye” yourself, self-analysis can carry you just so far. Most of us need someone we trust to study our performance, suggest changes for improvement, and make sure these changes are implemented. No, it can’t be your spouse or best friend or assistant. They are not totally objective.

Instead, work with someone who can study you in action or privately, someone who can assess how you’re perceived and how effectively you perform your job when it is broken down into its dozens of categories. Pick an advisor/consultant who can be totally honest with you and role-play/videotape situations that increase your self-awareness. The goal is not to change who you are, but to become a “better you.” 

You’ve worked hard to get to here, but this is not the time to breathe a sigh of relief. In fact, this will be the greatest test since you began your career climb. Now, you want to shine in your job and, possibly, go even further in your career. Make sure you are an excellent model of the title you’ve been given. That’s when it becomes more than a title — it becomes a talent.

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