CAREER DEVELOPMENT / AUG. 07, 2014
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Become an Office Superhero

If you’re happy with your job and want to remain there long term, becoming indispensible should be one of your top priorities. It’s more than just moving up the ladder, it doesn’t matter what position you hold, unless you’re the owner you’re replaceable. Don’t worry, you don’t need to have super strength or speed, or even be all that graceful to be a superhero around the office. Little things like anticipating the needs of others and picking up slack can go a long way. Here are some of the common traits superheroes possess and how they can translate into the office environment.

They exude kindness & consideration: This may sound like a no-brainer but it’s worth mentioning. Check your pessimism and arrogance at the door. At the risk of giving you flashbacks to your playground days, treat others how you want to be treated. Learn to handle difficult situations with optimism. Don’t draw attention to flaws in the system without offering up solutions (in a friendly manner). Always treat everyone with respect and kindness; it won’t go unnoticed.

They teach lessons: Superheroes are known for swooping in and saving the day, but they’re also known for imparting some sort of wisdom before they fly away. How does this translate into the workplace? Don’t hoard information. Share your knowledge instead of being so worried about “one upping” others. If you see someone struggling with a task, don’t just “save them” by fixing things, then bask in your superior glory: teach him or her how to help themselves. You won’t always be there to bail them out and technically you’re all on the same team. So be a team player: support each other, practice together, everybody wins.

They think big: So many people are so focused on their workload or micromanaging their department, that they don’t stop to see the big picture of things. Those who step outside their cubical and look at a company as a whole, consider its future and what’s best for the greater good of the herd, are the ones who get promotions and end up running the show.

They follow through: Pitching amazing “big picture” concepts is one thing; actually following through with those ideas is something entirely different (and far more valuable). Do what you say you’re going to do, don’t just dream and plan your days away, execute. Prove your strengths by getting results.

They are altruistic: Superheroes go out of their way to help others. They do so because they want to do the right thing, not because their superiors tell them they have to. Take a little extra initiative every once and awhile, offer up your help to further the main agenda-whether it’s with the addition of small tasks or taking on a larger project. Remember, there’s no room for selfishness or laziness in the life of a superhero.

It’s not about becoming “everything” to everyone or being a glory hound. It’s about actually being thoughtful with your actions, truly contributing to the business and remaining humble while doing so. You may not have roses thrown at your feet but the right people will notice. The best way to be viewed as an asset to your company is to be one. If you want to be a leader, lead.

 

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