Each new promotion we achieve in our careers presents new opportunities to grow and impact others. It also presents new levels of temptation.
What are the temptations that grow with promotions?
- Taking long lunches or not eating in the common employee break room areas anymore
- Routinely arriving to work a few minutes late or cutting out a few minutes early
- Running personal errands on company time or having a direct report do personal work
- Taking credit for the team’s performance
- Changing bonus structures with your employees to save money
- Allowing special preferential treatment for favored employees
- Ignoring others’ input or concerns
- Choosing to side with what’s popular rather than what’s right
- Cutting corners with your clients to save money
- Making decisions that benefit you over your team
- Using company funds for personal expenses
- Becoming a high maintenance leader
- Cutting back on customer services or employee benefits to make budget
- Ignoring others’ unethical decisions
- Feeling more important than others
Author and speaker Joyce Meyer, when speaking about her faith, says that “a new level means a new devil.” The same can be said of our leadership walk. So, how can we keep from succumbing to the temptation of taking privileges as our careers grow?
- Set your standards now and don’t waiver. Remember who you are on the inside and check yourself as you grow. Our standards shouldn’t change based on our position within a company or on the career ladder. Know what you stand for and where you draw the line before you’re faced with the temptation to take privileges or bend the rules.
- Focus on being a steward. If you’ve followed this blog for long, you know that my stance is that as our influence grows, so do the sacrifices we should be willing to make. Our privileges should actually be fewer as our careers advance.
- Pray for wisdom and preparation. If you’re a person of faith, pray for God to prepare you for your career growth by preparing the path ahead of you and giving you the wisdom to avoid the temptation of taking privileges.
Are you wanting to get a promotion or have you recently been promoted?
Are you ready to play defense against the temptations that come along with that promotion?
Are you willing to make the sacrifices necessary to lead your team?
Remember, promotions don’t come without temptations, so as you plan your career, grow your steadiness and your standards so that you can overcome the temptations that accompany the promotions you will receive in your life.