The Tip Top Tips To Climb The Corporate Ladder

Climb The Corporate Ladder or Own Your Own Business?

Some of you do not want to run your own business. You may want to climb the corporate ladder. You may like the steadiness of a weekly paycheck. But nobody goes into a career with the idea that they will start at the bottom and will have reached their ceiling.

You spend your years in high school and then college to do well in life, not to be left behind, and hope for the best.

climbing the coporate ladder

The whole idea of starting on the bottom rung of a company ladder is to reach as high as you can get, to become the best company leader possible, and perhaps one day run your own business.

The whole idea with starting on the bottom rung of a company ladder is to reach as high as you can get, to become the best company leader possible and perhaps one day run your own business. #careeradvice Click To Tweet

How to Climb The Corporate Ladder

Before you can get there, you need to work out how to get there. There are obvious ways to advance your career. For example, adding to your educational list of achievements with a night school or leadership MA that you can do online will help you.

But these aren’t the only tools that you use to utilize to get you where you want to be.

Here are some of the best possible tips to ensure that your ascension up the career ladder lands you firmly in that corner office with the big windows.


Replace Yourself As You Go

To get the promotion that you want, you have to show the big bosses above you that you are worth that helping hand into the bigger positions. This means replacing your old position with someone who can be just as good (obviously, not quite as good) as you were, so that the only possible way for you to go in your company, is up.

You have to stop yourself from slipping back down, so putting a new person in your place can help. Many people are afraid of this step as they think their replacement will put them out of work and  not climb the corporate ladder.

Many people are afraid of this step as they think their replacement will put them out of work and not to climb the corporate ladder. #careeers Click To Tweet

Be Accountable

If what you want is to be the leader of a company, write it down. Say it out loud. Sing it from the rooftops. Whatever you do, make yourself accountable to hit those targets that you want to hit. Then, you can get to where you want to be.

Making sure that others know what you want can also help, as they will help you up the career ladder. If you are quiet about it no one will know what your intentions are. This is another way many of you will get passed over for promotions. Speak up!  

Put Your Company First

When you want to do well, you have to say yes more than you say no. That means pushing through the overtime sometimes and even when you’re not making much money. It also means being humble, that this is just a temporary position for you because you’re going to do better.

You just need to show up, suit up and get the day done. Because there are good things waiting. No time to waste! 

You just need to show up, suit up and get the day done. Because there are good things waiting. No time to waste! #inspiring Click To Tweet

No Suck-Ups Allowed

There’s a level of being at the beck and call of your boss. But if it’s going to turn you into someone who simpers and acts more ‘yes, sir, no, sir, then you aren’t going to achieve as much as you think. Don’t suck up to get to the top – earn it because you’re great. Don’t be afraid to question things. I was always one that did in my former day job. I knew they had to be a better way to get some things done. ?



Getting to the top of the corporate ladder is a goal for you. But even more so is that feeling that you have finally arrived there. To get there, you need to learn as much as possible and play by the rules. Besides, someday you may make up all the rules at your own company. 

Good things come to those who work hard! After all, you may end up running your own business one day. All the skills you learned along the way to climb the corporate ladder will someday help you to run your own business if you want.

Continue To Learn

It amazes me often how much I learned from all of the past jobs that I use today in my current role at my company. Even my first jobs as a graphic artist come in handy when doing social media posts.

Knowing how to set images up to look appealing is very important. Then, creating marketing messages to get attention. It all came from years of working for other companies.

Furthermore, the class I took at college for HTML helped me daily here. Every little job and course brought me to running my own business. Even today, I still take courses and am learning new things. When you stop learning, you stop growing!

When you stop learning, you stop growing! #business Click To Tweet

Are you looking to climb the corporate ladder or would you rather own your own business today? Are you still learning new things today?  I’d love to know more in the comments below.


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  • Nick Jones says:

    Whilst this will probably take you slightly longer to set up for the first time. Once you understand the process, sending fifty emails directly to fifty different hiring managers is very easy.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Nick, Welcome to Inspire To Thrive. You are correct, it will take longer to set the first time but it will be worth it in the end to save time. Thanks for coming by here and have a wonderful day!

  • Lisa: I am not interested in climbing the corporate ladder, so I have to create my own ladder (in career and personal development as a solopreneur)! 😉

  • MD Fasheer says:

    Hi, Lisa!

    You have great articles on your blog, being your own boss is what I suggest to everyone, again it depends upon the individual mindset.

    Given the new economic reality of our time, more people than ever before have found the “job” they thought was waiting for them doesn’t exist.

    Others have come to the conclusion that they would rather create work they love, constructed to fit with their own life goals.

    No matter what the motivation is to be your own boss, you can start today.

    Thank you for sharing useful content with us

    • Lisa says:

      Hi MD, welcome to Inspire To Thrive 🙂 Thank you.
      Yes, that new economic reality has made a difference in what people are doing today. I have like the other you mention create work that I love and that fits with my life goals 🙂
      I agree, it’s never too late to start to change your career or life. You just have to take that first step! You are welcome and I appreciate your coming by and taking the time to comment on this one.

  • Atul Bansal says:

    Hi Lisa

    i agree to what you have mentioned in the article. But I have seen that many-a-times politics come in the way when one wants to get promotions. Other times i have seen that nepotism plays a major factor.

    Managers many a times favor their favorite employees and talent gets lost.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Atul, yes, that can happen in some cases. That is not good but sometimes it is part of human nature. I believe they are more laws at least in the U.S. to protect against this. Thanks for your input on this one Atul and have a great day!

  • Being accountable is the element that helps you genuinely stand out Lisa. In a world of folks who shift blame you will sprint up the corporate ladder, lapping folks who blame and mire in their own shifting of responsibility.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Ryan, oh yes, you are right about being accountable. I always used to admit my mistakes and move on. I would try like heck to learn from them and not make them again. But I would NOT blame others. I can’t even imagine doing that. Thanks for coming by on this one and I hope all is well in your new diggs there 🙂

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