Rohan joined his organization as a junior salesman and aspired to become a manager one day. He worked hard as a reliable team member, participated in organizational events and worked on feedback to improve his performance. 

He realized his ambition to be a manager within two years of joining. Through his perseverance and determination, he became the first employee in the organization’s history to become a manager in such a short time.

Rohan climbed the corporate ladder because of clearly-defined goals and a strong ambition to outperform others. Every person has different ambitions. How you measure success may not be the same as your coworker.

It’s not just about becoming the CEO of a multinational corporation—maybe you want to lead a team or learn the ropes of a business. 

Let’s look at some ways for how to move up the corporate ladder using your skills and abilities.

How To Climb The Corporate Ladder


First, it’s important to answer the question, “What is a corporate ladder?” A corporate ladder is a metaphorical career ladder you climb to rise professionally. You progressively move up from an entry-level position at the bottom rung to executive level and upper management positions at the top. 

If you want to grow within an organization, you’d expect to get a promotion for a better experience, higher pay and more responsibility. Climbing the corporate ladder is a gradual process and here are some ways to do it:

  1. Develop A Growth Mindset

Once you become part of an organization, it’s important to build awareness around not just your role but what the organization stands for. Align your goals with organizational goals, add value where you can and learn about how things work from your seniors. You have to participate and grow within your team. This is how you can build lasting relationships and stand out among your coworkers. 


  1. Become A Problem-Solver

Step up to the task when things aren’t working out or there’s a problem. If you take initiative and come up with creative solutions, your manager will appreciate your effort. You can’t expect to climb the corporate ladder as a silent witness to organizational challenges. You must do more than just the bare minimum to show that you’re ready to take on more responsibility.


  1. Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Doing things that may seem uncomfortable is also part of your professional growth. For instance, someone who’s too shy to deliver presentations or public speaking may have to step out of their comfort zone if they want to advance in their career. You have to take a risk if you want to achieve your goals. Every day brings new challenges at work. We have to deal with different kinds of people, look after multiple tasks and deal with work pressure. Navigating workplace challenges requires a determination to succeed. 


  1. Take Ownership Of Your Decisions

Climbing the corporate ladder means being accountable and taking responsibility. If you’ve made a work decision, you have to see it through to the end. Taking ownership of your decisions means that you’re willing to accept your mistakes. You must show the organization that you’re ready to accept setbacks and failures and learn from them. These are part of your professional journey—acknowledging this will help you get what you want.


  1. Stick To Your Goals

The most important aspect of moving up the corporate ladder is sticking to your goals. There may be challenges along the way. But if you want to make progress in your organization, it’s important to stick to your goals. Someone who wants to be a manager gets there with hard work and experience. You can’t expect to become a manager overnight! It takes time but it’ll be rewarding once you get there.

To achieve your goals and realize your ambitions, you must become the best version of yourself. It may seem easier said than done, but all you need to do is stay focused and keep moving towards the finishing line.

Harappa Education’s Leading Self course will teach you exactly what you need to present your best self at work. You’ll learn how to overcome personal and professional obstacles, embrace opportunities and leverage your skills for success. Don’t just climb the corporate ladder, own it!

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