Walmart CEO's tips to get to the top: Be a team player, do the job with integrity
Doug McMillon believes learning to help others as a peer develops leadership skills.
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Walmart CEO Doug McMillon is no different. So when associates and employees of his multi-billion retail outlet asked him for tips to ascend to the top, he penned down a note and posted it on LinkedIn. Here are his top three tips:
1. Get today’s job right
“Whatever you’ve been asked to do — whatever your role is now — do it really well and do it with integrity. Deliver results. Getting the job you want always starts with excelling at the one you have,” he wrote.
2. Be a great teammate
“I grew up playing sports and loved being part of a team. Looking back on it now, I realise that learning to help others as a peer develops your leadership skills. The best leaders lead through influence and collaboration regardless of their title. Be the teammate others want to work with,” he added.
3. Take on something extra and hard
“Look around at things that just aren’t getting done. Maybe there’s a project you could tackle. Maybe there’s an issue that always gets backburnered for other priorities. Challenge yourself to take on those difficult assignments. They’re learning opportunities, and you have a chance to change something for the better. And people tend to notice and recognise your leadership characteristics.”