In the last 18 months, you have been working extremely hard and proving to key decision makers that you have the potential take on that role which you have been aiming for. You are cautiously confident that a promotion is within reach. Finally, after weeks of anticipation, your dream came true. Congratulations! You have just been promoted!
So now that you have been promoted, what next? Here are 6 things to get you started.
1. Clarify what is expected of you in your new role
Set aside time with your manager to understand what is expected of you in your new role. A promotion usually means a bigger role and greater responsibilities. What was expected of you in your previous role will now be different in the new role. It is important that you align your own expectations to that of your manager's and the organization's. Seeking early clarification will help mitigate any misconstrued expectations of the role.
2. Identify what new skills or knowledge you need in order to be successful in your new role
The skills and knowledge that contributed to the success in your previous role may not always be relevant and sufficient for your new role. For example, you were an individual contributor previously but now your new role comes with people management responsibilities. You may need additional skills to lead and manage people. It will be useful to start identifying what new skills and knowledge that you need to acquire or improve on, then work out a development plan and discuss it with your manager.
3. Re-calibrate your priorities
Your priorities in the new role will likely be different from the previous one. Take for example, before your promotion, you may be spending 70% of your time in the field solving customers' issues. But now with a promotion to a team leader, you are expected to spend less time in the field but more time planning the business and developing your team. Re-calibrating your priorities is essential in ensuring that you focus on what really matters in your new role.
4. Thank Others
"No man becomes great on his own. No woman becomes great on her own. The people around them help to make them great"
Naturally, your boss will likely be the first person that you would thank for getting that promotion. Besides your boss, remember to thank others around you as well; your team members, your co-workers, your stakeholders. Your success is not only a result of your hard work but also the support provided by people in both your work and private life. Like what Matthew Kelly, author of the book, "The Rhythm of Life" said, "No man becomes great on his own. No woman becomes great on her own. The people around them help to make them great."
5. Build New Relationships
While it is crucial to maintain the relationships that you have built in your last role, spend some time identifying the new relationships that you will need to start building in order to be successful in your new role. Are there new stakeholders or co-workers that you need to start reaching out to? How can you get connected with them especially with people whom might not know you? Who are the people that you need to start meeting more often? In your new role, your peers may now be your direct reports. What do you need to start doing to make this new relationship works? Building new relationships takes time and effort. But this is the best time to start laying the groundwork for establishing relationships that will be important to ensure success in your new role and beyond.
6) Celebrate success and stay grounded
"Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow"
Getting a promotion can be onerous and it is an achievement that certainly deserves celebration. However, being promoted is not a finishing line but it marks the start of a new journey with new challenges ahead. Letting your success get into you can create complacency which can in turn limit your professional growth. Stay grounded and continue to learn. As what William Pollard said, "Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow."
This article first appeared on LinkedIn