It’s easy to feel alone and without support in your career. If you’re a born Do-It-Yourselfer who is naturally prone to shut out the world, roll up your sleeves and “do what needs to be done” then you may find feeling alone and by yourself as normal.
We all need help to reach our full leadership potential. That’s why there are over 6 billion people in the world.
Yes, it’s possible for you to overcome your current career challenge and go to your next level of success on your own. It’s just going to take longer and feel harder. Having support will help you get there faster and with more joy.
Don’t let a lack of time, confidence and skills get in your way of building your dream team of individuals who can and would love to support you succeed.
Building your support system is part of your job.
Here are five basic different types of support you need to thrive at work and in your career.
A trusted adviser who has been where you are and has overcome the challenges you’re facing. Throughout the life of your career you’ll have several mentors. Some mentor relationships will last the one coffee meeting; others will last the life of your career. Mentors give you real-world experience, wisdom and advice in your industry based on their own experience. Select your mentors based on their skills, strengths, successes and core values. Race and gender matter less.
Career Coach/Executive Coach
A trusted partner who helps you approach your work, career and business in a way that works best for you. They help you develop critical career management and leadership skills, improve your performance and effectiveness at work and achieve your leadership potential. They provide a non-biased structure for you to explore your career options and make decisions that are best suited for your long-term success and fulfillment. Look for someone who is experienced, professionally trained, 100% committed to your personal growth and professional success, shares your core values and who walks their talk.
A trusted colleague within or outside of your organization or industry whom you share mutual support and respect with. They help you get through the nitty gritty of everyday work challenges and remind you that your personal struggle is universal. You provide information, resources, perspective and encouragement to one another, bringing different, yet equal value to the professional relationship. Look for someone who has skills and strengths that you lack and admire, who shares your core values and has a similar vision of success.
A seasoned professional who is well known and respected within your organization and/or industry. They vouch for your skills, abilities and potential behind closed doors. Their reputation will open doors of opportunities for you and help propel your career forward. Since you’ll not be aware of all of your angels (aka sponsors), focus on producing results, building a reputation of excellence and increasing your visibility.
Family Member/Close Friend
They are critical and foundational to your success. They love, know and accept you for who you are, not what you do. Your success is their success. They give your life joy, meaning, fulfillment and purpose. While it’s easy to take these relationships for granted, don’t do it. They help counteract the negative impact that stereotyping, feelings of isolation and everyday stresses can produce. Look for people who share your core values, lift you up, make you laugh, who you can be 100% yourself with and whose company you truly enjoy.
Different people serve different roles and your core support team will change and evolve throughout your career. Don’t wait until you’re in the midst of a storm and need support to build your dream team. Build these relationships now.
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