Growing in Your Career
If you've just taken your first steps on the career ladder, or have recently moved into a different role within your organization, you may find your new job incredibly exciting. But your new responsibilities may also come with new stresses, deadlines and projects.
To grow into your role, you'll need to do more than just be good at your job, you must manage yourself with all the discipline and energy that you can bring to your new position.
In this article, we explore what it means to "manage yourself," and we examine ways you can boost your career prospects by adopting a positive attitude, setting yourself goals, and managing your time effectively.
What Does It Mean to "Manage Yourself?"
In 1999, Peter F. Drucker, an American management expert and educator, observed in his article, "Managing Oneself," that few people are natural-born leaders – leadership skills are developed over time. He said that people cannot expect organizations to manage their careers for them, so, if you want to succeed and advance in the workplace, you have to take charge of your performance and become your own "chief executive officer."
Drucker wrote, "Only when you operate from strengths can you achieve true excellence." And to achieve excellence and be the best team member you can be, he said, you must develop a thorough understanding of who you are. You must identify your strengths and values, understand your weaknesses, and discover where you can make the biggest contribution to your organization.
Let's look at some of the ways you can put Drucker's words into action, by developing the self-awareness you need to manage yourself effectively....