How to Stand Out in the Workplace


If you are looking to stay on top of your career, and continue to get ahead, you will need to stand out from the crowd. To be a winner in the workplace you should consider these 8 tips for success.

  1. Know Your Strengths

All winners have one thing in common: they understand their strengths and weaknesses. Take the time to examine those top strengths that stand out to you, such as being a good writer, great public speaker, etc. and then work to apply them in your current workplace or in pursuit of a future career.

  1. Be Confident on the Outside

Your inner confidence is important, but equally important is to show your confidence to others. Keep your body language strong and direct, stand up straight and keep your wardrobe stylish. Always make eye contact when talking to your boss, and have a firm handshake.

  1. Take on the Big Challenges

Be willing to tackle big projects in the workplace. Show your ability to plan, coordinate, and be determined. By taking the initiative, you will gain more face time and credibility with your boss.

  1. Voice your Opinion

It may be tempting to keep differing opinions to yourself. Winners are willing to take a risk and voice their opinion and suggest new ideas. You will show that you are confident and value your own ideas.

  1. Take the Long View

Keep your perspective about immediate gratification. Be willing to grow your career step-by-step, and become a valuable asset to your employer over the long term, as you gain experience and prove yourself.

  1. Be a Good Listener

Winners are willing to express their opinion, but are also good listeners.  Take the time to listen to those around you, including your equals, your subordinates, and your superiors. By paying attention to who they are and what their concerns are, you will be more aware of your office dynamics and how best they relate to you and your goals.

  1. Be Clear about What You Want to Achieve

More than just establishing goals, it will be important to develop specific steps to achieve those goals. Establish a set course of action, and begin those steps you need to make it happen.

  1. Find Yourself a Good Mentor

Finding and modeling yourself after a trusted mentor will help you establish a clearer path to follow, and learn what works best to achieve your goals.  Following in a mentor’s footsteps is a solid place to start, and will help open doors of opportunity.

Source: Forbes Magazine (, “8 Ways That Winners Stand Out,” by Jennifer Cohen

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