Being more successful in our career resonates with all of us, regardless of our role or field of endeavor. What should we being doing? What separates those who are successful from those who struggle? Selecting and pursuing the right path towards a more successful career can be difficult.
Claudio Fernandez Araoz is currently a senior advisor at Egon Zehnder International, has been published in the Harvard Business Review and the MIT Sloan Management Review and a contributor to Business Week. He has an MBA from Stanford and had a successful career at McKinsey & Co. Through Claudio’s experiences he has become a thought leader on success factors.

He tells us in his book Great People Decisions that there are four career success factors:

  1. Genetics – your genetic makeup
  2. Development – formal and informal learning that occurs over one’s lifetime
  3. Career decisions – particularly early career decisions can multiply fruits of our development efforts
  4. People decisions – the ability to make great people decisions is the most powerful contributor to career success

The decisions that we make regarding people does have a significant impact on our careers. Many of us who lead teams or belong to a team see this played out every day. Great teams have a way of making the leader look very good, and good teammates can help an individual reach new heights. So it begs the question, what are you doing with your people decisions? Who surrounds you?

No matter whom you are or what stage you are at in your career, making better people decisions is the first step on the path to a more successful career. Resolve today to take a good and hard look at your team and take action. It is what separates those who are successful and those who struggle.