Many Americans grew up believing that we have the freedom to become anything that we want. The sky is the limit, as long as we’re willing to work hard.
Suppose you want to be a leader, perhaps CEO, but you seem to be stuck. You’ve polished your image. Perhaps you’ve taken leadership courses, but to no avail. What do you do?
All jobs require specific skills and personal qualities. For example, it would be difficult to be an accountant if you didn’t possess a facility for numbers and attention to detail. Leadership requires a particular set of personal, communication, and analytical skills. Analytical skills get you into an organization at a lower level, but they only take you so far. As you move up in the organizations, it’s communication skills and ability to manage themselves and others in a variety of situations that set leaders apart.
How can you figure out what’s holding you back?
- Look carefully at your performance reviews. Even if there are no red flags, there may be something in the small comments that you may have discounted as being unimportant to the job you’re currently in.
- See if your company offers 360º reviews. If your company culture keeps people from being completely honest, look at the competencies where you’re rated lower to find competencies that could be improved.
- Take a personality assessment like the Hogan. Although it’s pricey, I have found it to be a accurate. It identifies your strengths, risk factors that come out when you’re stressed, and values. In sum, this assessment provides a wealth of information that can help you to manage yourself better. You may be able to get it through your company or a licensed provider.
Once you’ve identified what behaviors may be posing a problem, think about situations where things didn’t go well. Look at how you reacted in each of these situations to identify the ones that you need to address most urgently, and develop plans to address them immediately.
Change is not easy, and it can be daunting to tackle when you’re at a stage in your career where you thought that the tough breaking-in period was behind you. We are free to choose our path, but no one ever said that freedom was easy.
QUESTION: How do you identify your behavioral risk factors?
Leadership/Career Coach Kris Ishibashi is a certified Hogan provider. She works with leaders to bring together their skills, their authentic selves, and their intentions to inspire their organizations to superior performance. Click here to set up a complimentary consultation.