When you receive a promotion to a new position, there a few changes that come forward. For example, you now have a new supervisor, new direct reports, and potentially even a new set of peers. Some of these colleagues may have been above you in the organizational chart before, but now you are all on the same level. It is at this point, that you must show that you have what it takes to be their equal and break out of the previous mentee/mentor dynamic. This is your chance to “fundamentally reset how people see you.” So, let’s take a look at a few ways you can prove your worth even after a promotion.
After a new promotion, you may notice yourself feeling vulnerable and insecure. You are coming into a new environment that comes with a new set of rules and customs that you are not used to. However, you cannot allow any self-doubt get the best of you and assume the worst. It is entirely possible that your new co-workers are the ones who weighed in on your promotion because they believe you are capable of rising to the occasion and see you as a qualified candidate for the job. So, avoid consuming yourself with the idea of actively trying to prove yourself to your new peers and keep a positive mindset. Remember, you were given this promotion for a reason, so you have the right to feel confident in your abilities.
While it is important to be confident in your new role, you do not want to be overconfident. You don’t want to be seen as “too big for your boots.” Rather, come in with a collaborative mindset and show others that you are someone they can work with. You want to demonstrate the fact that you have a depth of knowledge (hence why you received the promotion) but you also want to continue to learn and grow. Especially in the beginning when you begin your new role; your interactions with these people who once saw you as a junior colleague will be critical. So, show some conviction, but be humble about it.
Once you move into your new position, you may be eager to share some of your ideas and thoughts on where the business should shift their focus. However, it is advisable to curb your enthusiasm at least in the beginning. Coming in too strong with your ideas might rub people the wrong way. It is best to take a step back and listen. As you learn more about your new role, you will notice when the time is right to come out and assert yourself. Then, when you are ready to speak up, be sure that your ideas focus on what is best for the business and not so much on what will make you look good. Your peers want to see that you have the business’ interests at heart.