How to avoid being looked over for a leadership role

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According to Deloitte’s 2016 survey of 7,700 millennials from 29 countries around the globe, 48% of women felt they are being overlooked for potential leadership positions.

If you have your eye on a promotion within your company it’s important to lay the groundwork ahead of your next performance review with your boss. Even if you’ve had a stellar year prepping for a performance review is often daunting. Take charge of the situation and you’ll go into your meeting feeling confident and prepared.

Get ahead of the game
If performance reviews happen at a scheduled time in the year, mark your calendar 2-3 months in advance. Take time to review the appraisal form and also your previous year’s appraisal if you had one. Create a list of the information you need to gather and a timeline for completion each section. That will avoid any last minute scrambling.

Document your achievements all year round
When you’re busy meeting deadlines it’s easy to forget accomplishments or milestones you achieved months ago. Start the habit of documenting everything over the course of the year. That way you have a great selection of highlights to work from when you start preparing for your performance review.

Do your research
Review job descriptions for the role you want in the future and think through the areas you want to develop and the steps you need to take to get there. If you’ve thought this through in advance it will be much easier to discuss during your performance review. Then you can create an action plan to get where you want to be.

Make a difference
Identify additional areas, above and beyond the job description, where you have added value to your team, department or company. Is there a challenge your company or team is facing that you are helping to solve? Do you contribute to company-wide programs? Are you a mentor? These are just a few of the ways you can demonstrate your skills and show your value.

Sell your skills with confidence
Even if your boss has the opportunity to review your performance review paperwork in advance, your time together is key. Be confident. Highlight your key achievements and share what you are working towards verbally, not just on paper. If you genuinely believe in yourself, it’s magnetic and will get you closer to where you want to be.

Be objective
It’s impossible to achieve success without encountering failure along the way. Every mistake presents a learning opportunity, and those insights can prove to be invaluable in the long term. Don’t be afraid to acknowledge where something went wrong and what you learned from it, as that’s what will ultimately propel you forward.

Listen and then act
Whether you have a great boss or a bad boss, their feedback is crucial to your future opportunities as long as you, or they, remain at the same company. Take time to listen and absorb all the feedback you receive. Remember perspective is subjective, your boss’s perspective is important but you ultimately control your career, the opportunities you seek and how you navigate your path to the leadership role you are working towards.

Post by Octavia Goredema @OctaviaGoredema

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