Perfecting Your Skills and Delegating Your Weaknesses
If you want to stand out from the crowd or competition at work, then you need to be seen as an expert in your field. This takes time and action on your part and not just walking around telling people that you’re an expert. You need to “show them” you are an expert in action.
Everyone has the potential to be an expert at what they do. Here are a few simple steps to consider.
First and foremost, make sure that you are educated on what you are doing. If you are working in a particular department of a company and want to be seen as the go-to person on anything related to it, you need to know what you are talking about.
- Take evening courses at a local college (face to face or online) to help further your education and keep you up to date on the latest knowledge and technology.
- Read more about the subject matter. It does not matter what you do as a profession, you need to take advantage of the vast knowledge in the library and online. You can always be an expert outside of your profession on a particular subject.
By expanding your knowledge, you will also build your confidence. With knowledge comes confidence.
Demonstrate Your Knowledge
It’s one thing to talk about what you know, but it’s something else entirely to do it and show them.
Experts do not walk around and brag about what they can do, they take action. If you encounter a difficult problem or situation, you will be able to take charge and find a solution.
- Be proactive. If a problem arises, act right away to find a solution. If you are not sure of the answer yourself, search out someone who does. Even experts need to learn new things and they are not afraid to admit it to others.
Learn To Be a Great Communicator
People must understand what you can do and why you are the best one to do it. This means that you must understand and foresee the questions and concerns of others, then prepare and articulate the answers and solutions to them.
- Great communicators do not just boss others around. They use communication skills to teach and empower co-workers but also are ready to pull up their sleeves and do the groundwork to earn the respect of colleagues and get the job done.
Always Act with Integrity
Always display leader qualities and give credit where credit is due to your team and colleagues. Great leaders build up their teams and lead them to success.
There will always be things we are not so good at. The trick is knowing what these are. In those circumstances, you have to learn how to delegate those responsibilities to others who have the skills required to get the job done. Part of being a good expert is seeing the strengths and weaknesses of others and how their talents can be put to good use.
- Give others credit for a job well done. Wise leaders and the most incredible of experts don’t do everything themselves. They have a talented team around them who have the skills they lack.
By following these simple steps you’ll become the person with the answers. These are the experts who become irreplaceable and well respected because they take action.
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If you want to continue reading how this skill set can propel your career read this great Forbes article on 6 steps to become an expert and accelerate your career.