Like in sports, the workplace depends on team-work to achieve goals. If you watch sports, then you know that there is that one player the team counts on. He is the difference between losing and winning. He could be the top scorer or the team defender. That’s who you want to be. Why?
One main advantage of being a go-to person is building a professional network. A go-to person has the reputation of reliability, so people connect with him easily.
It also makes you stand out.
Not to mention you will be indispensable to the organization.
In the long run, go-to people position themselves as leaders and scale their professional ladders. But you can’t just sit back and wait for it to happen. You have to set yourself apart by adopting life-changing approaches. Here is how;
Connect with Work Colleagues
Becoming the go-to person will not happen while you are hiding away in your office cubicle. You have to get out of the comfort zone and make actual human connections. Interact with work colleagues and be helpful whenever possible.
In the book Relentless Pursuit, learn how life rewards what you do and not what you know. That means knowledge doesn’t do much. It’s the action that makes the real difference. Take action by jumping on opportunities at work to be useful. Volunteer for a committee such as planning for an annual company event, take on more tasks.
Volunteers are in short supply. Becoming one not only adds value to you but demonstrates your leadership abilities and gives you brownie points with the management.
Maintain Composure Under Pressure
The secret to beating pressure at work or in life is to remain calm. That’s because you need a clear head to plot the best course of action. Most people panic and pull back but not the go-to person. He is the dependable one in crisis. Whether it is the clock ticking to the project deadline or closing a deal, he knows it’s not over until it’s over. The go-to person learns this by pushing through crises.
Be the Leader
One function of a leader is that of setting an example. You may not be an official team leader but, if people tend to look up to you for advice or assistance, they identify you as a go-to person. There are a dozen ways to do this. These include setting the bar high, going beyond in achieving results, motivating others, or having expert knowledge.
There are real-life examples of people moving from being the little-known employee to becoming the go-to person. They do this by making themselves valuable. The good news is that they didn’t have to be experts to achieve it. You can do it too by practicing these life-changing tricks.