There are many intangible assets that can aid you through business life. Acting in a trustworthy manner from day one is certainly something to cherish, because it means that people will rely on you for sensitive tasks, and will also be more than happy to work with you in a team. A solid reputation is also something that will grant people the means to look upon you favorably.
However, these things do not come from a vacuum. In fact, they are deliberate, yet often vague matters to curate.
It all comes from character. While we can ‘fake it ’til we make it’ in some areas of business, such as how confident we feel in the boardroom, or learning how to stand up for ourselves despite feeling out of place, character is something we cannot fake. However, we can build it and structure our character in a way that aids us, and allows us to move through business life with goodwill.
All that requires is a little discipline, a lot of inspiration, and the willingness to bear the following advice in mind.
Keep Your Word
It’s essential to keep your word. It can seem so easy to be deceptive, even if that means shirking the blame or trying to overly promote and overpromise. But the truth is that as a manager, or hopeful leader, you need to give your word. If you can, underpromise and overdeliver. That in itself helps build your trustworthy reputation. But this is often found in the little things. If you’re to meet someone at 9.00am, always show up ten minutes early as a matter of courtesy. It’s measures like this that will help you grow as a person, and certainly a professional.
Just because you may be doing well in business doesn’t mean you can’t take inspiration from figures worth admiring. For instance, Roger Osteen and his excellent leadership has caused a boom in developing prestigious residential communities, taking into account atmosphere, comfort and social metrics. For those in the industry, an example like this, to connect with or remained inspired by, can be great for your professional development. The more you can surround yourself with reliable minds, the more likely you are to have them rub off on you.
Stand by Your Values
Stand by your values. This is the same as keeping your word, only this time to yourself. Perhaps you’re faced with the dilemma of potentially becoming more profitable or cutting down on costs if you’re happy to become more pollutive in your manufacturing process. It’s decisions like this where we should make a stand, and the more you can do that, the more you can respect yourself in the best way. That’s important for professionals, because after all, we are all our own brand. If you know that brand is cracked, you will struggle to keep faith in it.
With this advice, we hope you can better build your career through business life.