Congratulations on Your Promotion—Now What?

Mar 31, 2023

Congratulations on your promotion! You’ve worked hard and your efforts have been recognized. But now that you’ve been promoted, what should you do next?

Getting promoted is a great accomplishment, but it’s just the beginning. By taking the time to understand your new role, build relationships, set clear expectations, and continue to learn and grow, you can make the most of your new position and achieve even greater success in the future.

Remember, the skills and behaviors that led to your success in one role may not be sufficient for success in a new role or at a higher level of responsibility. This is particularly true when it comes to promotions. While promotions are typically seen as a reward for hard work and success in a current role, they also represent a new set of challenges and expectations that require a different approach to work.

There are several reasons why you should work differently after being promoted, including:

  1. New expectations: As you continue to move up the ladder, the expectations placed on you increase. A promotion may mean taking on more responsibility, leading a team, or managing complex projects. To meet these expectations, you must work differently and develop new skills.
  2. Expanded perspective: With a promotion comes a broader view of the organization and its goals. This expanded perspective requires a deeper understanding of how different parts of the organization work together and the ability to align priorities and objectives with the overall mission.
  3. Adaptability: Success in a new role requires the ability to adapt to new challenges, learn new skills, and adjust to different ways of working. What worked in a previous role may not be effective in a new position, so individuals must be willing to try new approaches and be open to feedback.
  4. Leadership: Promotions often come with leadership responsibilities. Leaders must inspire and motivate their teams, build trust, communicate effectively, and make tough decisions. These skills require a different approach to work than individual contributor roles.

To be successful after a promotion, you must be willing to work differently and adapt to the new challenges and expectations of your role. This may require seeking out new learning opportunities, developing new relationships, and building new skills. It may also require letting go of old habits and approaches that are no longer effective.

Here are some tips to help you make the most of your new role:

  1. Understand your new responsibilities: Take some time to review your new job description and understand what is expected of you in your new role. Talk to your manager and colleagues to get a better idea of what your new responsibilities will entail.
  2. Get to know your team: If you’re now managing a team, take the time to get to know each member individually. Learn their strengths and weaknesses and understand how you can support them in their roles.
  3. Set clear expectations: It’s important to communicate your expectations clearly to your team. Let them know what you expect of them and what they can expect from you. This will help to build trust and create a positive working environment.
  4. Keep learning: Just because you’ve been promoted doesn’t mean you should stop learning. Stay up to date with the latest trends and best practices in your field, and continue to develop your skills.
  5. Build relationships: Take the time to build relationships with your colleagues, both inside and outside of your department. This will help you to build a network of contacts that you can rely on for support and advice.
  6. Be a role model: As a manager, you are now a role model for your team. Lead by example and demonstrate the behaviors you expect from your team members.
  7. Celebrate successes: Celebrate the successes of your team and acknowledge their hard work. This will help to build morale and create a positive working environment.

In conclusion, Marshall Goldsmith’s saying “What got you here will not get you there” is a reminder that success in one role does not guarantee success in a new role. To be successful after a promotion, you must be willing to work differently, adapt to new challenges, and develop new skills. By embracing the opportunities and challenges of a new role, you will continue to grow and contribute to your organizations’ success.

Good luck!

Written by Izabela Kramarz

With her 25+ year career in the corporate financial landscape, Izabela understands the intricacies of driving strategic transformations in people, processes, and perspectives.

Her posts are inspired by the work she does as a leader and coach with her clients and from her extensive experience in the workplace.

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