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003 From Technical Expert to Business Leader: Making a Successful Leap, Part 2

by | Mar 18, 2024 | Leadership Strategy, Leadership Tips

Do you work in a technical field and struggle to have your voice heard and your contributions recognized at work? You’re not alone. Many technical experts excel in their craft yet find themselves at a disadvantage when it comes to leadership and influence. In part 2 of this two-part podcast series on making the leap from technical expertise into leadership, we’ll be diving into how to shape your communication so you can get greater buy-in and trust.

Communication: A Key to Gaining Influence

With a strong professional reputation due to your technical expertise, it’s important to also leverage your communication skills. This enables you to gain the trust and buy-in of your leaders for other important initiatives that are beyond the scope of your immediate responsibilities.

“Technical skills get you in the door
and the lack of people skills gets you out.”


What it Looks Like to “Create a Listening” for Your Leader

Leaders are often focused on advancing and advocating for multiple priorities and initiatives within the organization. These create the framework through which they evaluate new requests and proposals. When you communicate the connection between your proposals and your leader’s priorities, you begin to “create a listening”.

However, communicating these connections is insufficient. What may be missing is a foundational relationship of trust, respect, and thorough appreciation of the things that are important to your leader. Once your leader knows that you value what’s important to them and that your ideas and recommendations help them solve those problems, you will have a greater likelihood of getting an “easy-yes”.

Highlights to Explore

  • [00:01:53] The Power of People Skills: Your technical expertise might open doors, but it’s your interpersonal abilities that keep them open.
  • [00:03:33] Crafting Proposals for an ‘Easy-Yes’: Are you looking to gain consistent buy-in from the C-Suite? Master the art of relationship building, and make it effortless for your leaders to support your initiatives.
  • [00:07:17] The Promotion Puzzle: Are you seeking the next level of leadership? What does your leader need to visualize you doing to get there?

Building Credibility and ‘Climbing the Ladder’ into Higher Levels of Opportunity

As you navigate the path to a higher organizational role, positioning yourself as a technical expert with savvy interpersonal and communication skills will positively impact your career trajectory.

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