Being an underdog at work could be your greatest weapon
SEE ALSO :How diverse should company boards be?When you are considered an underdog, it also means that there is someone else who is already perceived as a more suitable candidate for a promotion or leadership role. When you are compared to their standards, you will definitely come up short. To get yourself ahead of the pack and set yourself up for the job, you need to be a little more unconventional. Bypass the rules to some extent to look into the loopholes that exist in the system. Offer suitable solutions to fix them and inclusive set-ups for the company. Be non-traditional while still observing the company’s mission and vision and relating well with the objectives. This will get you more noticeable and expose your unique set of qualities. Your diversity and creativity will market you. You will prove to your company that you are not only motivated by incentives and recognition, but also by blending your personal, professional and organisational growth. 4. It is an opportunity to showcase your strong work ethic One of the most impressive qualities underdogs have is the inner drive to succeed. These are people who have likely gone through considerable struggle to get where they are now. To wade through the murky waters of career progression, they have managed to make strides without compromising their values and company’s integrity. They offer the most suitable pool of leaders any organisation will need. Because of their display of professionalism in the face of tough tasks, resourcefulness and strong observational skills, they quickly master how to work with a diverse team. 5. History backs it up The Biblical story about David and Goliath is a perfect example. David was physically a smaller person who was pitched to battle it out with the gigantic Goliath. You would have expected Goliath to win but no, he was taken out by a little man with a big swing. The FIFA World Cup has also taught us not to easily dismiss underdogs. Many favoured teams end up learning that there’s normally more competition from the “younger” teams. Closer home, we have seen how Safaricom’s leadership has been. Majority of Kenyans wondered if the late Bob Collymore would fit into Michael Joseph’s shoes. MJ founded Safaricom in Kenya on extensive roots. Anyone who comes after the pioneer in any business setting is bound to be faced by challenges. Without an academic degree, Collymore grew to the helm of one of the most profitable companies in Kenya. He became the face of Safaricom. He wasn’t Kenyan by birth but his contribution to the Kenyan economy was outstanding. He managed to bring a balance between economic nationalism and business. What these stories teach us is that no matter how circumstances appear stacked against us, the game is not over. We might not look like those who have made it before us, but we all have a set of unique abilities that spur the greatness in us. Let’s learn to explore our full potential to become the best we can be.
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