Extracted from The Effectiveness Guide: Discover the SECRETS to Becoming More Effective Tomorrow Than You Are Today.
Have you ever wondered how to get ahead at work? How to be the person who always gets the raise, gets promoted, gets selected for further training and key assignments? And, you’re not alone. Your peers are having the same thoughts.
I’ll bet you thought that all you had to do was to be the best at what you do; the best doctor, the best lawyer, the best whatever? Unfortunately, this is only partially true.
To progress in your career, you must be the best at what you do and be perceived by your employer as being a good Follower.
What does that mean and how can you become a better Follower?
This article will focus on how you can better support your employer, as I share what I’ve learned from being an Executive Coach for more than 20 years.
Do you know your employer’s likes and dislikes? You will after reading this article.
How Well Do You Support Your Employer?
“True leadership must have follower-ship.
Management styles can vary, but even an autocrat needs
people who believe and simply don’t follow from fear.”
— James Robinson III, RRE Ventures
Another way to become more effective is by being more supportive of your employer. How well you support your employer? How do you know for sure? Would your employer agree?
Here’s a list of the most important things that employers care about when evaluating their employees. Effective employees take this assessment annually to ensure they remain effective and irreplaceable.
Employer Support Assessment
Using the legend below, assess your answer to these Support Statements.
Strongly Agree = 3; Agree = 2; N/A = Non-Applicable;
Disagree = 1; Strongly Disagree = 0
- I do all I can to help my employer achieve his goals, no matter what!
- I treat everyone with dignity, respect, and kindness
- I always do my best work every day
- I know my REDCAPS and get things done the right way the first time!
- I’m a Team Player: I cooperate, coordinate, and collaborate.
- I deal honestly with others – revealing problems and telling the whole story
- I proactively anticipate problems before they become a crisis
- I’m self-correcting and catch mistakes/errors before my employer /customer
- I recommend solutions to problems I encounter
- I play by the rules, unless I have a good reason for not doing so
- I continuously seek ways to improve what I do
- I improve my skills through further education and training
- I achieve, maintain, or exceed my goals
- I’m accountable for my actions, omissions, and the consequences
- I do all I can to support the members with whom I work
- I ensure my employer is the first to hear any bad news
- When asked or expected to do something, I Follow through
- If I don’t know, I ask
- If I’m supposed to know, but don’t, I find out & Return & Report ASAP
- I contribute to my employer’s meetings, activities, and events
- I cease discussion when my employer makes the final decision
- I support my employer’s decisions, as my decision, especially if I disagree
- I give Situation Reports, with deadlines, Unresolved Issues, and changes
- I ensure my focus and priorities reinforce my employer ‘s
- I do all I can to avoid last-minute surprises to my employer
- I do all I can to avoid wasting my employer ‘s time
- I show a positive attitude
- I never speak badly of others unless in my employer’s office, privately
- I stay home and call my employer if I have the common signs of being sick
- When my employer asks me to do something, I do it, and Return & Report
All these statements above are things you directly control and can therefore change.
- For all statements you scored a 3: Here you Strongly Agreed. Good!
- For all statements you scored a 2: Here you Agreed. Good, but what needs to be done to score a 3?
- For all statements you scored N/A: Why doesn’t this apply to you? Does your employer concur?
- For all statements you scored a 1: Here you Disagreed. Why? What can you do to raise it to a 2?
- For all statements you scored a 0: Why do you Strongly Disagree? Does your employer concur?
Any room for improvement? Your goal should be to consistently achieve a “Strongly Agree” with all the statements above.
If you have doubts, ask!
The only stupid question is the one you’re afraid to ask, because later on-when you don’t know the answer-you will look stupid.
Additionally, to Best support your employer, you must:
- Know your employer’s intent, responsibilities, expectations, projects, goals, and standards
- Know your employer’s values, priorities, idiosyncrasies, strengths, and weaknesses
- Have access to information sharing and processing
- Gain permission to voice your honest opinion, behind closed doors, without fear of negative consequences
- Know his expectations of tradition and culture
Note: If you intend to remain effective over the long-term, be sensitive to the things your employer needs to support him and the team.
I challenge you to share this information with others because the only way to truly own knowledge is to give it away – one of the great paradoxes in life.
Followership is critical to your career!
How well do you support your employer?
Would your employer agree?
In my next article, I’ll focus on how you can become a better delegator than you were yesterday. Stay tuned! In the meantime, if you need more help, you can learn more HERE.