ESSENCE.com took to social media to learn what you think it takes to succeed in corporate America today. Here's what you had to say.
Janene Tate: 1) Have an informed opinion that will make a project work. 2) Have a positive attitude. The transfer of energy is real, especially in a work environment. You don't want to be the resident gloom and doom monster. 3) Be willing to learn. You don't know everything, but you can know most of it. With conferences, colleagues, associates and the Internet, there's no excuse for you not to be "in the know" about your profession.
Gregory Canillas: Build relationships with co-workers, colleagues and subordinates. Don't burn bridges. These relationships are often critical in getting your job done and can also be helpful in finding another position when you make the decision to move on or up. People are more likely to offer a position to someone they know (and they know does good work) or to someone who knows someone they know and who comes highly recommended.
A.E. Harris: Provide honest/objective feedback to those you interact with. Additionally, for those in leadership positions, being the best at it doesn't always mean you have to be the smartest in the room.
Cheryl Carty: Don't be afraid to stand alone. That's what makes a leader. And most importantly, success in your personal life is worth more than success in your pocket. Money can't buy everything.
Gerice Davis: Do what you love to do and do your absolute best at it! Always be open for instruction and correction.
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