One common blocker for my clients to move on in their career and gain further seniority is that they try to operate on their own. They haven’t built their reputation internally and haven’t worked with other teams within the business.

With increased seniority, there is certainly greater responsibility and decision-making power. With this greater responsibility, there is also a greater degree of interdependency, which is not about asking for help because you don’t know what to do (although being able to ask for help is important), it’s about being strategic and working collaboratively to achieve a better outcome. Without good, active interdependency, people can become overwhelmed, resentful and the workplace culture can be very negative with a lack of idea sharing and collaborative problem solving, ultimately contributing to decreased company/firm performance.

You can read the rest of the article I wrote for We Are the City here.