Published On: Mon, Feb 12th, 2018

How to Work Up to Board Level in Your Company

The successful people around the world who occupy positions on the boards of some of the most successful companies, arrived in that position on of three ways. The first way in which they could have achieved such a position is through birth, if they had parents who handed them a position, the second possible way is that it is their company that they built from the ground up. The third, and the most common way in which people like Marc Leder, have found themselves in these positions is through working from the bottom and climbing the company ladder.

photo/ Gerd Altmann

Now, unless you have a parent on the board, or have created your own company, unlikely if you are reading this article, then you will have to work your way up from the bottom, and here is what you need to do to achieve that.

Delivering Results

In order rot get noticed when you are working at the bottom, you must be 110% committed to delivering results time after time. The project or the task that you are given is irrelevant, what is relevant is that you work tirelessly until you get the results that you want, and then you must ensure that you do so on a consistent basis. Doing this will serve to get you noticed, and potentially brought up to the next level, where once again you will have to keep pushing for results.

Building Relationships

Nobody gets to the top alone and you must be able to forge and maintain strong relationships with your colleagues and your peers in order for them to help raise you up. The saying goes that if you are mean to people on the way up, they will kick you on the way down, yet in business you won’t even get up if you are mean. Make relationships, be kind and humble and reap the rewards.


Everyone in your business should know exactly what your goals are and you should walk around with the confidence of someone who knows that they are on the way up. Be careful with your confidence and that it doesn’t turn into arrogance, an unbecoming feature which will get you nowhere. Your ambitious should seep out of you if you want to climb the ladder, and those around you should know that you really mean business in terms of the success of your career.

Take Responsibility

Working on any board of directors requires strong leadership skills and you will need to show this at every given opportunity. As you are climbing the ladder you should be looking to take on whatever role you can, that will help you show people that you can take on responsibility and deliver results. Managing stuff love to see people take the reins and doing so will greatly boost your chances of climbing the ladder in the quickest way possible.

Author: James Daniel

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