9 reasons why you’ll need courage for a senior-level work promotion

If you’re embarking on a lengthy and challenging internal senior-level promotion process, you’re going to need courage, resilience and perseverance. It’s not meant to be an easy process, but for some, it can make the day job seem easy. Here are 9 reasons why:

1. You’ll need to invest your time and energy on top of your already-challenging day job and busy home life, which can be exhausting.

2. If you’re in a competitive promotion process, you might be expected to differentiate yourself against your peers. That’s means you need to know why you should be promoted and maybe, figure out what you’ve got that they haven’t.

3. It can feel like you’re always being assessed and need to be ‘always on it’, in normal, day to day work.

4. You’re expected to take lots of feedback on board and make changes. You may not always know how to make those changes, and you may not agree with them! What do you do?

5. You’re likely to spend more time outside your comfort zone than in it.

6. Talking about yourself can feel exquisitely uncomfortable. This can be especially challenging for women, who often want to be noticed for their work, without having to shout from the rooftops about it.

7. Sometimes people see more of your potential than you do. Do you find it hard to live up to that?

8. Sometimes, personal attributes surface during the process that you may need to deal with, like perfectionism, being too hard on yourself, imposter syndrome, or people pleasing. They can be hard work to manage. 

9. You can’t imagine ever feeling quite good enough for the next role, and it’s getting in the way.

These are just 9 reasons why you’ll need courage; there are undoubtedly many more. It all goes to show that senior work promotions can be really challenging on a personal level and courage is one of the key attributes you’ll need to develop.

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.

The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” Nelson Mandela

If you want to conquer your fears and increase your chance of promotion success, check out my promotion readiness programme hereOr check out my blog: 10 tips to get you ready for your next promotion