The world as we know it is growing more competitive. Even within organizations, groups or networks, just being employed is no longer enough, you now need to go beyond the usual.
It’s not enough to stay on top of your to-do list or meet the expectations of your job description.
If you want to make an impact and stay relevant, you have to differentiate yourself from others.
Specifically, here are 5 ways to make a successful impression in the workplace:
1. Become an Idea bank.
One way to make impact is to be creative, solution oriented and resourceful. Be the person with new and better ways to do things within your department, don’t just stick to what has been. Don’t be pushy or insistent on using your ideas, but be free to share it.
2. Be the go-to person.
Become the person other people count. People will see you as a team player and one they can count on. They will give you more responsibilities, but know that when opportunities come, they won’t hesitate to invite.
3. Be confident and speak up.
Have you ever sat in a meeting where there were only two people doing all the talking? If you want to make an impact, be willing to speak up and speak out.
Share what you know and let others know how you can be supportive and helpful. Leaders listen, but they also speak.
4. Do things without being asked.
Making an impact means seeing what needs to get done and taking the initiative to make sure it happens. Provided it doesn’t go against company policy, try to do something every day that connects to the growth of the project or company without being asked to do it.
5. Be Excellent.
Above all, you have to do your job and do it with excellence. But that’s where most people stop–and that means you can make an impact by going further and being more helpful, more supportive, more valuable. When you do things excellently, your leaders pay attention and refer you for higher responsibilities.
If you’re the kind of person whose foundation is positivity, service, and guiding and supporting others while trying to solve problems and come up new solutions, you will soon find yourself standing out–and setting yourself up to become the kind of leader others respect and want to follow.