This is how you make the boss see you as a key player


Do you just want to do your job, or do you want to make the most of your role and gain a lot of influence? Here are some strategies for becoming a key player.

Of course, doing your best is important in all workplaces, but there are employees who go one step further. They stand out from the crowd and can have a big impact. By having a different mindset, they also make life a little easier for both colleagues and managers.

The newspaper Forbes has asked Liz Wiseman, author of the book “Impact players, how to take the lead, play bigger and multiply your impact”, about how to become a key player with great influence in his role. Here are four ways:

Show off

A key player devotes a lot of time to self-leadership and can set a direction for his job without instructions from the boss. The ability to take own initiatives also means that managers’ time is freed up to lead instead of micro-controlling. Showing that you can lead yourself, and take appropriate steps forward in the job, can also be important if you are interested in managerial roles in the future.

See challenges as opportunities

When difficult problems arise in a workplace, many may think that “that is actually not my job to solve”. A key player thinks the opposite and sees the problem as an opportunity to help and contribute something. The ability to create value for the organization by seeing challenges and solving various problems that arise, often makes a good impression on a manager.

Do not just do your job

There are smart and hard-working people who make excellent contributions to their team. But key players go a little further. They not only devote themselves to their own job description but look around and take on the job that needs to be done. They see the company’s needs at a given moment and focus on it.

Be clear about what you need

Even if a work situation feels overwhelming, a key player always finishes his tasks instead of passing on the problems. This requires an ability to focus on what is most important. A key player also makes it clear to other employees and managers what support is needed to be able to complete a task. Being able to discuss this, and be clear and honest, is important so as not to get stuck in a difficult work situation.


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