Why haven’t I been promoted?
Why did they choose him over me for that role?
How can I break out of this cost-of-living-wage-increase-only cycle I’m stuck in?
Is career growth a myth in a post pandemic world?
If you’re frustrated with your career growth (or lack thereof), don’t worry—this is a chance to realign and ensure that you aren’t self sabotaging your opportunities. I work with women leaders everyday, and the most common ways I see rising women leaders get in their own way at work include:
Focusing on the wrong stuff. Typically, this means that they’re thinking too small—focused on crushing tasks, taking courses, improving on negative feedback they’ve gotten or speaking up in meetings. All are great, but not the stuff that’s going to move you ahead. Focus on the big picture and ask yourself where do you want to go? What kind of person would excel in that role? What qualities and skills do they have that I can work to develop?
Overcommitting. Out of a desire to be a team player and seen as someone who’s willing to tackle any challenge, women in the workplace will often tackle any challenge. This isn’t always the right move! Although it can show that you’re willing to work, it might also show that you’re not discerning with your time and honoring the role you’re hired for if you’re constantly volunteering for extra jobs. When regular overcommitment leads to inevitable burnout, it also means that your team will suffer for your lack of energy and focus.
Not asking for what they want. If you want to be a leader, you have to make that want known. Your HR team, boss or coworkers can’t read your mind and manage your career for you. You have to be your own advocate which means being crystal clear about where you bring immense value, what your potential is, and what steps you’re taking to become even more valuable – and then sharing all this good information with others. Timing and context are important, but make sure that your long term goals are known so that others can think of you if an opportunity arises.
My name is Laura Weldy, and I’m a women’s leadership coach. I help women in the workplace become confident leaders by tackling their mindset head on so they can think like a leader before they have the job title. I do this through professional coaching, virtual coaching, small group masterminds and powerful courses. If you’re looking to become more successful and fulfilled at work, let’s talk! I’d love to help you build an action plan for success. Click here to apply for a free coaching consultation with me directly!