Most people only care about what their boss thinks. But for long term career progress youâ€™ll want to take interest in what others think too. Your work is judged every day by several people. Here are three groups whose views should matter to you.
Your peers: Your peers are probably the ones you work most closely with and who have direct experience of your work. What they think is important because their direct feedback can be available to you and that feedback can help you improve your work as you do it. Make them worthy of your best efforts. If your peers think highly of your work, you are on the right track.
Your superiors: These are more than your direct manager. They are people above you in the hierarchy. The ones who make decisions about your future. And thatâ€™s not the only reason why you should take their opinions seriously; you should because they operate at a higher level and have a broader view of how your work contributes at an organisational level. Your superiors are unlikely to know the detail of what you do and will pick on what matters from the point of view of their level.
Your colleagues: These are those who are neither peers in terms of rank nor your bosses. And many people make the mistake of ignoring the people less senior to them. Often because they feel they donâ€™t need these colleagues. They may not have a direct say on your career prospects but their suggestions can help you lead well. Also, although you may not manage these colleagues, you have a responsibility to set a good example, be the leader they want to look up to.
Now take action: What would you like your peers to say about your work?