The last trap we are going to discuss in this series is actually related to a question that you have to ask yourself before taking on any new assignment or promotion:
Do I really want this?
Many executives are on a corporate treadmill, and are therefore more likely to blindly follow the expectations of others rather their own inner compass. Not everyone wants or needs the next “obvious” career move.
In most organizations I work with, it is assumed that everyone wants to excel in their careers. Most executives consider it almost impossible to say ‘no’ to a new opportunity like a promotion or a role with a bigger scope. You might feel obliged to accept it, whether the timing is good for you personally or not, because you feel that if you say no now, you will never get another chance to say yes.
However, when working with leaders in organizations individually during an executive coaching assignment, many disclose to me personally that they have little ambition to take on their boss’s job in the foreseeable future…
So now is the time to really think ahead and consider whether you really want it or not. Apart from asking yourself if you have what it takes to succeed in a bigger role, you have to confront yourself with another set of questions:
- What do you want to achieve in your life – both personally and professionally?
- Do you want to be a leader?
- Are you willing to pay the price for taking the next step up your career ladder? A bigger job scope comes with higher pay and prestige, but also higher expectations, more stress, and a change in your life-balance.
May you hit the ground running and create the right impact in a role that is aligned line with your goals in life!
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