Playing Nice in Your Career Sandbox
I have learned that there is nothing stronger than the power of women in community and that women can be inspirational resources in the professional arena. But I also know the reality of being a woman in the professional world and how we often struggle with owning a strong, confident persona while maintaining our authenticity and honoring our femininity at work.
Learning to play nicely in the proverbial work sandbox does not have to be that difficult. Here are some strategies that will help you become a good team player but still empower you to stand out and make your mark on the job to earn the recognition you deserve.
- Preparation = credibility. It’s that simple, be prepared and you will earn the respect of your colleagues and impress the powers that be.
- Pick your battles. There will be difficult situations but don’t fall on your sword for every cause. Be mindful of your values and what is really important to you as well as what will empower you to move up in the organization to achieve your goals.
- Own your confidence. In order to succeed you must believe in yourself and your abilities. By tapping into your humble confidence you can project an image of self-reliance, poise, and assurance that will give your team faith that you can get the job done.
- Be aware of your surroundings but focus on you. On a team you must be cooperative but at the end of the day, you have to be your own best advocate and be ready to take charge of your career future. Don’t wait for a boss or supervisor to groom you for greater things; be proactive and strategize about ways to upgrade your standing in the organization.
- Don’t Gossip. The old adage: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” still rings true. Avoid hallway gossip and treat your colleagues with courtesy and respect. What goes around comes around and you should expect the same professional treatment from others.
- Be aware of yourself and your values. It always comes back to who you are, what you value, and how you want to show up in the world. Take stock of how you want to make your mark and align your personal and professional values so they are validated for you at work.