Accepting Responsibility vs Rejecting Responsibility: Accepting responsibility is a sure sign that you are leadership material. If you shrink back from responsible assignments, thereby, in effect…REJECTING them…then forget about progressing up through the career ranks.
Sometimes, even… pushing your leadership skills into the system… will gain the attention of management, and likely will help propel you ahead into a leadership role, possibly even, beyond your expectations. Don’t be bashful. Sometimes it is necessary to beat your own drum, particularly in larger corporate environments.
If you’re waiting on the Boss to come along and pat you on the back….”Sonny, you’re doing a great job.” Then, think again… some bosses will give you a “fake compliment” rather than a raise. A “pat on the back” won’t buy a cup of coffee. Once, I had a young accountant working with me, and he was due a raise. He told me that he’d rather have a bigger title that a raise. I gave him a small raise, and a big title… he was happy, and so was I.
Very few bosses will “ring your bell” …which leave you little wiggle room…you may have to “sound the alarm” yourself, on occasion … just to get their attention. Though remember… a false alarm is worse than no alarm. By that, I mean to say… make sure you have something “really going on” that deserves their attention. Some bosses have “so much going on” that they are just “expecting results,” and give little attention as to how your get from A to Z.
We are told in Proverbs 27-2 – Don’t call attention to yourself; let others do that for you. This is, of course, good advice from David’s own mouth. But remember, David had just killed Goliath… he didn’t need anyone to call attention to him. His own actions did all the talking. This is the best solution, but not always the only one.
You better exercise “good judgement” when calling attention to yourself… or blowing your own horn. The best way to “sound the alarm” is to come in with the FACTS which show the job was completed “under budget, and ahead of schedule.” The bottom-line is always the “attention-getter.” If the FACTS don’t “fully-support” your ALARM call, then you best “keep your mouth shut.”