There is a reason why people are drawn to business leaders like CEOs and founders of important companies—they stand out in the crowd for any number of different reasons. If you are looking to really succeed in business, it’s important to stand out in the crowd as well. Of course, that is easier said than done, but there are a few ways you can foster your natural abilities as a leader to be the big man or woman on campus.
Be A Problem Solver
No one rose to the top by just going through the motions every single day. If you want to stand out in business, you need to be the one with all of the ideas, or in other words, you need to be the one coming up with solutions to problems. In sales, salesmen often work to identify the pain point for consumers and then solve that pain point with a product or service. If you can apply this method to everything you do in business, you will be in good shape.
Another way to rise to the top is to use your creativity to your advantage. Even if you aren’t an artist, or typically consider yourself the right-brained type, it doesn’t mean you aren’t creative. Use your particular talents to create and innovate in your industry in a way that only you can.
There is a lot of truth in self-help books like “How To Win Friends And Influence People,” and other books that preach a similar philosophy. If you are out to help other people, they will like you more, consider you a friend, and gravitate towards you as a leader. The more people you treat as your friend, honestly and sincerely, in the business world, the more likely you are to rise to the top.
Expand Your Network
Just as it’s important to make friends, it’s also important to expand your professional network. The more people you know in the industry, the easier it will be to learn, grow, and find the right people to help you with your projects. You can expand your network a lot of different ways. The first, and most obvious way, is to go to networking events, industry conferences, and business expos in the area. When you are there, make sure you meet and greet other professionals and find out more about them. You can also expand your network in the social world. Social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and more are a great way to bring more business and to associate with more like-minded business individuals.
It’s Not All About Work
While people may be attracted to your profession, that only goes so far, especially if you are taking clients out for dinner, or schmoozing in some other way. If you have a robust and interesting personal life filled with fun hobbies, you’ll be much more interesting, and be able to rise to the top more quickly.