You've Reached the Top - What's Next?
If you've satisfied a lot of your career goals, then first of all, congratulations! But secondly, don't get complacent; you've had the skill and tenacity to get this far, so keep aspiring to something bigger and better - reaching the top could be just the beginning.
Are you really at the top? Don't be limited by your perceptions of what you can and can't achieve. If you've reached a senior management position, find out what opportunities there are in your organisation for progression to board level management. If there aren't any, use your network to seek out opportunities in other firms, or perhaps a start-up – being in a senior role in a large corporation could mean being in charge for a start-up or SME.
Would your company benefit from a division dedicated to innovative business practices? Do you have a lot of business opportunity in a foreign country, but no foothold there? If you've reached a position of authority in your business, you could be the person to solve this. Heading up a new venture within your company will require a lot of trust and some leeway to allow for initial difficulties any new project experiences, but if your endeavor is successful it could be one of the most rewarding experiences of your career, and be of significant benefit to the company as a whole.
You may have reached the top, but are you succeeding in every aspect of your role? Adopt strict measurement policies, to ascertain exactly how you and your division are functioning with you at the helm. Developing as a leader is important in order to maintain trust from your employees and an intrinsic understanding of your divisional or organisational operations – consolidating your activities to ensure you're running a well oiled machine, whether it involves re-examining outsourcing activities, ensuring your employees have up-to-date skills, or simply spending more time with your team to learn more about each function, seek excellence in every aspect of your leadership position and it could lead to even better things.
Get Involved With Goodness
If you've gotten to the top in the corporate world, it might be time to consider putting your skills and leadership qualities to use for a good cause. If you've always had a passion for animal welfare, international humanitarian efforts or another charitable activity, there may well be an opening in a senior position with an organisation where you could make a difference with your excellent management skills and corporate understanding. You could also become a mentor and allow your success to help business leaders of the future – the Business Gateway or MentorsMe offer a lot of useful advice and guidance regarding the journey towards becoming a mentor.
Remember - reaching the top of one mountain usually means being able to see the summit of a higher one, so use your current success to propel you forward, and don't settle for any one definition of success.
We would love to hear about the experiences of those at the top of their career – please do let us know in the comments below.