3 Steps to Take After a Job Promotion

So, you got a job promotion? Congratulations! You no doubt worked hard to earn your new leadership role.

And because you are so focused and hard-working, it’s natural that you are wondering, what’s next? How can you best fulfill your new duties while supporting your colleagues?

If you are not sure how to proceed, these tips will help you be the best leader you can be.

1. Look For Ways to Make a Difference

What is a leadership role? It is any role where you are overseeing or managing people and/or processes. So even if you think your job promotion does not make you a leader, it likely comes with some leadership responsibilities.

This means you have some power to make a difference. Here are some examples:

  • Change ways of communication
  • Try different motivation or incentive techniques
  • Create a new feedback system
  • Simplify processes
  • Inject more creativity into projects
  • Prioritize employee wellbeing

Talk to your colleagues and question the current status quo. Start affecting change as soon as you can and never stop questioning if things could improve.

2. Reevaluate Your Goals

What’s next? In executive leadership roles, a job promotion was likely part of your five-year plan. Now is a great time to look at what the plan is moving forward so you can work toward the next step.

You will no doubt be meeting new people, joining more meetings, and will switch up your routine. You may even get other managers asking you what your goals are because they want to help. Create a roadmap for yourself so when the opportunities arise, you know whether you want to take them.

Consult a mentor or coach to help you if you are having trouble working out your goals.

3. Keep Learning and Progressing

Some people might be “born leaders” but most learn to be a leader. Even though your job promotion is recent, it is important to recognize you still do not have all the answers. Good leaders know when to ask for help.

Keep training, retraining, going on courses, and trying new things. Here are some books on leadership for you to read:

  • Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
  • Wolfpack by Abby Wambach
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Lean In by Cheryl Sandberg is also a great book for women in leadership roles. And Brené Brown has a podcast called Dare to Lead based on the teachings in her book. She interviews different leaders (including President Obama) with varying leadership styles every week.

If your bosses are not forthcoming with training programs and coaching schemes, do the research yourself. Make a plan, a budget, and a presentation on why more education will help both you and the business.

Continue Thriving After a Job Promotion

Take your new job promotion as an opportunity to reassess your goals and help others in your industry. As you climb the ladder and continue to thrive in your chosen career, remember to pull others up behind you.

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