It doesn´t really matter if you are an employee or a business owner with clients – you want others to see the high potential in working with you.
You may feel that you are more than a high potential, that you are already a great promise.
Help others see that!
The high potential in working with you as a professional
You are not born with the knowledge of what makes a good professional. So you have to find that knowledge.
Look at people in your company or in your line of business. Who are getting ahead and why?
Learn. Read. Get a mentor. Work with a coach. Work on developing yourself into the high potential professional you want to be.
Here is a list of things you might want to start with:
Attitude. How do you approach new assignments and changes? Do you see and create opportunities? Do you see high potenials in every situation? Is your glass half-full or half-empty? Are you a person others want to be around? Make conscious choices. Choose to be not only a good potential, but extraordinary and great!
Communication Skills. You may be afraid of talking to people you don´t know, giving a presentation or a speech. In today´s environment that is not really an option. You have to be able to sell your ideas and negotiate. Also to communicate with a lot of different people in different situations. If you feel you could be doing better in this area get help. Get professional help, from a trainer, a psychologist or other.
Development. You may have a lot of letters following your name, all kinds of degrees – or not. Either way you have to constantly keep on learning and developing yourself. Learn about new technology, new methodologies, new approaches and strategies. Continuously updating your skill-set is essential.
Self-Confidence. Have faith in yourself, know yourself, what you want to stand for and what you want to be known for. Take good care of yourself. Remind yourself of all your achievements. Think about how you will feel when you accomplish what you have set your mind on.
Strategy. Know, and be clear on, what you want in your career. Design a plan on how to get there. Break the plan into steps to take. Update your plan as needed. Be clear on how to use your strengths.
Team. Choose what league you want to play in. Choose the people you want to be around and surround yourself with. Choose people that stretch you and your comfort zone. Choose to be around people that challenge you. People that hold you accountable for growing and getting to where you want to go.
The high potential in working with you as a person
Being professional is one thing. Professionals are all persons as well. You have to be a person that others want to work with.
You have to be able to lead yourself before you try to lead others or lead results.
Make the same demands on yourself as you make on others.
Be honest and trustworthy. Be punctual and reliable. Be aware of your attitude. Be solutions-oriented. Find and create opportunities. Show interest in others. Be supportive. Show gratitude. Give credit. Rise above gossip and back-stabbing. Be fun and inspiring to be around. Be a good friend.
Be no less than you want others to be.
My book; Rekindling your spark: Strategy for better Self-Leadership is available on Amazon.
It includes various tips, tools and exercises.