6. Promotion-winning personality insights
As you’ve no doubt noticed by now, to get a promotion, you’ll need much more than technical excellence. So: you saw it coming, I saw it coming… we all saw it coming. When we explore how to get a promotion using psychology, we can’t progress without discussing personality (yes, the juicy stuff).
The Hogan Assessments
I’d like to introduce you to a little ditty called The Hogan Assessments. As a business psychologist (fancy, I know), this is an in-depth, professional personality tool I implement in all coaching sessions with people looking for a promotion, just like you.
Because just like job roles, office cultures and fried chicken – no two leaders are created *exactly* the same. So uncovering your leadership style is crucial to intentionally moving up the ladder using your unique strengths. Take a peek at this summary of what we delve into.
Bright side | Day-to-day behaviours
Where do your everyday strengths lie? Perhaps you rate highly on adjustment, meaning you’re steady under pressure. Or does being inquisitive come easily to you? Maybe you’re a hands-on learner, or more insightful. Unlocking these attributes creates more clarity in your everyday leadership behaviours (and how to get on the radar for a promotion because of them).
Dark side | Reactive, stress responses
We all react to stress, pressure and overwhelm differently. Whether you’re a risk-taker, offer unusual ideas, are eager to please superiors, or are more likely to be unadventurous and super cautious… Here we uncover your default button to highly stressful situations, so you can avoid reacting negatively, losing your crap or wildly effing up by doing something you’re not proud of (may include making Sandra cry).
Your dark side uncovers what you want to use less, so you can make more room to use your bright side more. In Harvard Business Review’s article, Could Your Personality Derail Your Career?, we see that dark side attributes can be broken into distancing, seductive and ingratiating (serving) clusters. When experienced by an outsider, these can come across as passive-aggressive, overestimating or arrogant and conflict-averse. Basically, all the things you don’t want to be!
I advise that you pay close attention to the following personality attributes (in excess) when looking to climb the corporate ladder. Though exactly which ones match your personality are uncovered in 1:1 leadership coaching sessions. More specifically, we’ll uncover which one of these leadership traps you’re most likely to fall into based on your personality and leadership archetype. Is your risk of losing your cool when you’re under pressure closer to the surface than you think?