We all are aware that to reach on Top, it requires minimum 10-15 years of your experience, then the questions arises as to why we worry so much about designations. In India, this may be due to social recognition and peer pressure.
Staff Level : At staff level the skills required primarily are MS Office, Interpersonal Skills, Technical skills, Team player, Integrity, Trust and Transparency, Prioritization, Data Management, Analytical Skills, Customer Management, Result Orientation etc.
Middle Management : At Middle Management, Key skills required are Problem solving capabilities, Decision Making Skills, Conflict Resolution, Communication and influencing Skills, Team Handling, Resourcefulness, Ability to deal with Ambiguity, Presentation skills, Coaching and Mentoring etc.
Top Management : At Top Management, key skills required are Business Acumen, Commercial Savviness, Performance Management, Ability to Manage Chaos with positivity, Change Management, Risk Management, Managing Group Dynamics, Thought Leadership , Strategic Leadership, Executive Presence, Nose for Talent etc.
On an average, it takes 5-6 years to move from one stage to another. It’s desirable to have all requisite competencies in place and half glass full for next, before aspiring for the next management level.
It’s always easy to aspire/desire for the next level. How many of us do the introspection and think through whether we are ready for this or not. Most of the time our aspiration are the result of other people growth. It is important that we start competing with self rather than others, that certainly will help us create our own niche. It is not you, however, your peers and bosses who should talk great about your performance and perseverance. It is always better to deserve the position and not get it than to get it and not deserve for it.
Keep a hawk eye on your peer group as they are the one who will contribute quite a lot in making you successful. Always keep an unwavering focus on your work and know your peer group well. Healthy competition within the group is always good. It keeps you agile and on toes all the time. You can always learn from peers and improvise your working style if need be.
In our industry specially IT / ITES, we promote people for their operating skills and then give the career of let us say, 7-8 people in their hand, however, do not train them enough on people management skills and they keep doing what made them successful thus far i.e. Individual excellence and hence, the destiny of associates working under them is compromised. People also have an excessive focus on promotion / designation, hence, on their part they also do not make efforts to attain people management skills.
TRUST your Leadership. We stop trusting our Managers / Leaders when things are not going our way. Believe me guy's, time does come when you come across "Not so good Managers", however, basis my experiential learning's I must say they TEACHES you "WHAT NOT TO DO". In essence, Good Managers teaches you "What to Do" and Not So Good Managers teaches you "What Not to do". We must respect all the learning's and people responsible for providing them. I know 2/3 of us always feel that we are better than our managers, however, when reality bites, it hurts and we realize that we still need to get few notches to get there. It is imperative that you demonstrate patience and you will certainly obtain what you are aiming at.
In my view, we should at all times look over and beyond titles and focus on competency building. Every job requires a certain set of skills, and it's much better to focus on skill development than be so bigoted as to focus just on job titles. Once you have requisite skills, you will get what you want to get. It’s an old saying “honest efforts never goes in vain".