Moving up the corporate ranks is the dream of every employee. The journey is often long and arduous, and many (despite their long years of service to an organization) do not attain executive positions – the pinnacle of the hierarchy. There’s a myriad of reasons why they don’t, but perhaps the most common is the fact that very few possess the qualifications of a good decision-maker.

If you have your eye and heart set on an executive role in your company, you need to understand that the ability to make smart calls is the essence of the job. It’s going to be a far cry from the routine you’ve established that generated positive results for your company.

From yielding content or making sure that you’re contributing to the productivity requirements of the organization, you will be functioning more like a judge. You’re going to study data presented to you by the teams and decide whether proceeding with a project, generating more information first, taking a different approach, or scrapping a project altogether would be most beneficial to the company.

Likewise, it’s a definite must to know what other capabilities or qualities the elevated role demands. To help boost your chances, a top manpower agency in Dubai Robbert Murray has rounded up its seven best tips for snagging that coveted executive position.

1) Be smart at Corporate Politics

Most people automatically have a very negative perception of workplace politics. They believe it’s what drives many to abandon their morals. Nobody’s going to deny that this is truly part of the dynamics, but if you’re smart about it, you can land that job and still keep your integrity intact.

When you “play” corporate politics the right way, you don’t hurt yourself as you insist on what needs to happen, prove that you have the ability to achieve the organization’s goals despite obstacles and oppositions, and elevate yourself. Corporate politics, managed wisely, will let you shine in a way that no one can contest.

2) Learn how you can accomplish “more” effortlessly

Executives know how to make time work for them. There’s no such thing as a hectic day because they know the effective strategies of getting things done efficiently. It’s a golden quality to look like the epitome of cool and in complete charge at all times, especially during trying and demanding circumstances.

3) Identify everything about you that is fitting for the role

You, your skills, your experience, and the people or other entities you’re connected to are your arsenal for the job. So, it’s imperative to have a good and solid sense of self, and the value you can bring to the role.

4) Strengthen your communication skills

Although the position will set you apart from everybody, it’s crucial that you’re able to connect and that your subordinates believe that they can connect with you. Therefore, to fit that executive role, polish your communication skills and make sure that when you talk, you talk with charm and sincerity.

Charisma is essential to leadership and one of the best manifestations of it is through communication. With charisma, people listen and relate to you more. Likewise, you gain trust easily and inspire cooperation.

5) Uphold strong moral values

An executive role commands respect and everybody will take you seriously if they know you have no muck on you, says one of the top 10 recruitment agencies in Dubai. As you’re working toward that executive position, do your current job upholding unquestionable values as a worker and as a human being.

6) Transfer your expertise

You want to establish that you have experience, knowledge, and influence, and there’s no better way to do that than to create experiences where you can present yourself as an authority. Examples are seminars that will benefit the organization, or contributions to the literature the company uses in educating workers.

7) Develop emotional intelligence

This is one of the things that can really make you effective as an executive. A study conducted by psychology professors John D. Mayer of UNH and Peter Salovey of Yale proves that without emotional intelligence, you could be the most brilliant person, but you won’t be able to lead powerfully and encourage key personalities to work according to the standards and yield excellence for their contributions to the organization.


So, before you land that job, make sure that you are able to assess yourself objectively, empathize, regulate yourself, motivate others, and forge strong relationships.

It takes a special type of person to become an executive. Hopefully, these tips help in shaping you for the high level job you want.

Written By
A passionate recruiter with more than 12 years in the executive search industry, Robbert Murray heads Robbert Murray & Associates as an international headhunter and business partner in the MENA region, specializing in the FMCG, retail, telecom and engineering sectors. He has been featured in the Gulf 2020 CEO Report, ZAWYA BusinessPulse and Eniday, speaking about changing trends in the recruitment industry, upcoming jobs in energy, oil and gas by 2020-2025, and how Robbert Murray & Associates is focusing and growing in the MENA region.

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