Lift As You Climb: The Rebel's Gift Of Bringing Others Along For The Ride
February 4, 2019
We've recently covered the importance ofsinging your own praisesand how to self-advocate by documenting your wins and broadcasting your achievements to the right people, at the right time, with the right message. Now it's time to discuss an important skill for every full-time rebel to master: lifting as you climb.
Rebels have an innate ability to play contrarian and articulate the questions everyone is thinking, but won't ask (sounds familiar, doesn't it?). Continuously challenging the status quo brings with it the undeniable privilege (and responsibility) to advocate for others. It's our job to lift up those around us - to be the voice for those who are unable or unwilling to speak for themselves.
Lift, Climb, And Create Your Pack
You've probably noticed by now that many full-time rebel traits offer mutual benefits. Lifting as you climb is no exception. Focusing your energy on those around you as you move onward and upward delivers several advantages. First, lifting as you climb helps you identify and build your pack. Yes, full-time rebels are leaders who aren't afraid to go out on a limb alone to take a stand (or stubbornly prove a point); however, we are also people who value and appreciate our pack – those who have contributed to, influenced, and walked along with us throughout our corporate journey.
Chances are, many of your current colleagues and managers will remain in your industry or vertical for at least the next decade, which means lifting those up around you during your climb can deliver limitless future collaborative opportunities. Your former co-worker could one day be in a position to hire you at a new company. You may suddenly need a consultant with your own business venture and know with certainty that a past manager will be a perfect fit. Lifting as you climb means you'll have a proven network of resources to turn to when the need arises, instantly increasing your own value at your place of business.
Additionally, while lifting is primarily about helping others, it also helps you. Advocating for those around you builds your own advocates – those who will vouch for, refer, support, and promote you. Creating a pack full of advocates is especially vital for outspoken, assertive, non-traditional corporate rebels; your supporters' reputation lends validity and credibility to your own status with decision makers on your journey to shake things up and achieve your goals.