4 Ways To Get The Corner Office

Being successful within the corporate world has no universal definition, but if it did, the term “corner office” is likely to be included in it. If your professional goal includes attaining this coveted location, you’ll need strong doses of ambition, planning, a strong work ethic and patience.

As a business owner, I can tell you that the path to success is sometimes barely even a visible trail-you often need to navigate and create a way as you go along. However, in corporate settings, there are more clear standards of what it takes to get to the upper echelons of organizations.

1. Hard Work

Work as hard as you can. Then plan to work some more.

Showing dedication to your job can often mean coming in earlier than coworkers and staying later, as well as being highly productive in those hours. Merely arriving before others means nothing if you aren’t also contributing more to the work environment.

Even when you’re off the clock, plan to be striving to make professional networking connections outside of the office so that you can glean insight and knowledge into what you do.

2. Find a Mentor

Seeking a mentor within your organization or even within your field of occupation is critical to your professional development. A good mentor will be able to offer not only leadership ideas, but industry knowledge and corporate etiquette that you might otherwise not have any knowledge of.

Knowledge is power and unlocks many doors…including the one to the corner office.

3. Patience

You have to recognize that overnight success is a rarity and that you need to have a long-term plan and follow it in order to succeed.

Take the time along your journey to learn from co-workers as well as supervisors and always demonstrate respect with regard to the ideas of others. Keep an open mind about feedback that you’re given and try to apply it once you’ve heard it.

Proving that you are reliable, patient and willing to work for long-term success solidifies a trusting relationship between you and your superiors.

4. Let your efforts speak for you

If you're working hard, you won't need to constantly talk about your successes; your actions and ethics will often speak for themselves.

It’s a very fine line between being recognized for your achievements and accomplishments without being considered boastful or arrogant. You need to learn how to highlight your contributions and successes while also quietly   demonstrating that your skill set and drive is superior to that of your co-workers.

Always be sure to point out collaborative efforts and the roles that were played by each person and never try to take credit for the work of another. While it might initially bode well, you’ll lose the support of your co-workers quickly, and should you become their boss, you won’t have their respect.