How to Become an Industry Leader

Posted November 13, 2012 by Marcy Twete in On the Ladder

Recently, published “5 Questions to Ask Yourself to Make a Wise Career Change.” And while making a career change is difficult, one of the points they brought up raised a larger point for me – one that I wanted to make sure our Career Girls were talking about. MBG says that, when considering a career change, you should ask yourself this:

Can I add value to this field?

We experience the most satisfaction when we are in flow with what we do. How do we get into flow? It’s when our abilities, passions, strengths, and values are in alignment. It’s when we feel perfectly challenged–neither bored, nor overwhelmed. It’s in this sweet spot where you can truly add value.
Think about a time in your life when you totally lost track of time. Of course, we cannot expect to always be in flow at work, but these experiences are extremely valuable in that they tell you what to pay more attention to. This is especially important when considering a career move. After all, you’ll spend a lot of time at your job, so you might as well choose one that brings you joy.
This isn’t a question you should ask only when you’re looking for a job. Rather, it’s a question that you should be asking yourself every day in the job you have. Am I adding value to this field? To be truly successful in the work you do, you should be striving daily to become a leader in your industry. You should be pursue opportunities to better your skill set, learn more deeply about your industry, and make meaningful connections with those in your field who are leaders and thought-drivers.
Think, today, about one thing you might be able to do to make yourself an industry leader right now. Here are a few suggestions:
  • Join and participate regularly in LinkedIn groups specific to your job or your field.
  • Sign up to attend an industry conference. If you’re already a leader, consider applying to be a speaker at some conferences as well.
  • Get your Google Reader filled with industry blogs. Comment, offer to guest post, and get to know the bloggers.

Go ahead, Career Girls, get leadership moving in your career, and not just in your business, but in your field and sector.

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."