The phrase “You need to be a star in your role,” is one that is common in sports circles. But it should be one that is transplanted into the business world and even into your personal life. Far too often, we want to be superstars right off the bat. We want to be the chief executive or the team leader. And there is nothing wrong with that! Striving to be the best, and to be a leader, is what makes people successful. However, the overwhelmingly majority of people are not gifted these roles. They have to work their way up to them. And how do you do that? By being a star in your role. Maybe you aren’t a manager yet, because your bosses don’t think you are ready for the responsibility. Show them that you can be a star role player and do everything that they ask you do to well. From there, new roles may open up to you.
Not Everyone Can Be a Superstar Right Away
If you aren’t named a manager at your first job, it isn’t the end of the world. Not everyone can be a superstar right away. The worst thing you can do is sulk or have a bad attitude because you didn’t get that leadership position immediately. Recognize that at most jobs, you have to prove your worth and your skill level before you can move up.
Learning To Be Supremely Effective In Your Role
Every role has its own required skill set. Think about role players in basketball. There are three point shooters, perimeter defenders, rebounders, and hustle players. Each has a role that they must tailor their skill set to fit. The same is true in business. The same skills required for one role may not translate to another. You have to learn the skills that you’ll need to be successful in your role, and then practice them over time.
Roles Change Over Time
Just because you are a role player now, doesn’t mean you can’t be that coveted superstar later! Being a star in your role is all about maximizing your value and increasing the chances that you’ll get new opportunities. When you value your role and put in maximum effort, people notice. They notice when you get results. Don’t think that your role has to be fixed forever—hard work and real results will help you move up the career ladder and gain access to new opportunities.
In our society, we want to have tremendous success quickly. It can be difficult to see the struggle and climb that most successful executives, managers, and athletes had to slog through before making it to their present role. Just because you aren’t a leader or manager right off the bat doesn’t mean that you can’t grow into one of those roles in the future. Stay focused on the role that you currently have and make sure that you are excellent at handling all of your responsibilities. Maintain a positive attitude. When you are a star in your role, people notice. And just like in sports, those are the type of people who get asked to take on bigger roles in the future.
Regina Fasold is a seasoned Executive Coach and Leadership Expert. Her extensive professional background and her 10+ years of experience as a Global Executive Coach have allowed her to assist over 300 senior executives in corporations throughout the United States and in over 25 countries around the world.
* Star in Own Role image credit goes to: Ian Stauffer.