No matter what kind of organization you’re in, there are universal leadership principles you can follow to drive your career forward.
In Ed’s 25 years of innovative leadership and management experience, he has identified nine factors of career success, which he discusses in detail in his new book, Drive Your Career: 9 High-Impact Ways to Take Responsibility for Your Own Success.
In this episode, Ed Evarts, Founder and President of Excellius Leadership Development, talks about four of the nine factors of career success – empathy, curiosity, building a relationship with your boss, and playing the hand you’re dealt with – and explains how these factors can lead you to career success.
Topics covered in this episode:
[05:07] The nine factors of career success
[06:13] How to have a positive relationship with your boss
[13:05] It’s okay to ask for help
[14:26] Curiosity and how it helps you succeed
[18:33] How to be more curious
[21:26] Play the hand you’re dealt with
[24:38] How to overcome the ‘victim mindset’
[28:53] Why empathy is important in leadership
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Ed Evarts is the founder and president of Excellius Leadership Development, a Boston-based coaching organization. He works with successful leaders to increase their self-awareness so they can manage themselves more productively; with successful teams to ensure their time together is as productive as possible; and with smaller organizations, at a pivot point in their evolution, to help them plan strategically and purposefully.
Ed recently released his new book, Drive Your Career: 9 High-Impact Ways to Take Responsibility for Your Own Success. He is the host of Be Brave at Work, a weekly podcast in which leaders share stories about bravery—or the lack of it—in their careers, and the impact their choices have had on their career progression.
Two Ways to Build a Good Relationship with Your Boss
There’s a couple of great questions you can ask to improve your relationship with your boss. One is to find out what your boss’s goals and objectives are.
Oftentimes, when bosses stand up in a meeting, they don’t really talk about their own personal objectives. So asking your boss what they want to achieve and what you can do to help is a great way to build that relationship and ensure that you’re moving in the direction of a positive relationship.
The second thing you can do is ask your boss the “miracle question”, which is, “What’s one or two things I can do differently to be more effective?” So now you’re asking about yourself, and you’re asking your boss for that feedback.
I do believe that empathy can be learned and there are two steps that you can do to practice that. First is to look for opportunities where you can demonstrate empathy. The second thing is you have to ask for permission.
Just because you want to be empathetic doesn’t mean the other person wants you to be empathetic with them. You have to ask for permission in order to have the conversation that allows you the ability to demonstrate empathy.
Empathy in Leadership
Empathy is about meeting people where they are, not where you are. So you may completely disagree with what the other person is feeling, but you can listen to them, help them reflect, and work with them to create steps in order to navigate through it.
A leader will be seen as more connected, more relationship-focused, more engaged with others if they demonstrate empathy. If they never demonstrate empathy, they’ll be seen as cold, clinical, disengaged from people and that is not an effective way to be a great leader in organizations.
Links and References
- 25 – Why Self-Leadership is Our Most Important Skills with Tony Gambill
- 30 – The Leadership Bank Account with Danny Langloss
- 35 – Fail Proof: Become the Unstoppable You with American Ninja Warrior Alex Weber
- Be Brave at Work Podcast
- Drive Your Career: 9 High-Impact Ways to Take Responsibility for Your Own Success by Ed Evarts (book)
- Raise Your Visibility & Value: Uncover The Lost Art of Connecting On The Job by Ed Evarts (book)
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey (book)