Allison Beadle, MS, RD, LD
RDBA Weekly, Editor
As dietitians, it’s easy to get caught up in the never-ending process of food and nutrition knowledge-building. I mean, can we ever really compare and analyze enough nutrition labels, read enough research studies, or examine enough trends? While amassing this knowledge (and knowing what to do with it) is foundational to success in food-focused careers—especially retail—it’s not necessarily what’s going to advance your career and get you to the top.
A recent survey from top global executive search firm, IIC partners, found that the number one skill sought in senior executives is the ability to motivate and lead others. This survey of 1270 business leaders from around the world went on to say that “68 percent of top leaders…preferred a senior executive who could motivate and inspire others more than they desired an executive who consistently performed well.”
What does this mean for retail dietitians who are eyeing career advancement opportunities? Honing your ability to inspire and motivate others—your coworkers, your team, your supervisors—is key to readying yourself for leadership positions.
How can you put on your Chief Inspiration Officer hat?
I write and talk a lot about “thinking outside the dietitian box,” and building your motivational skills is a prime example. Retail dietitians must go beyond the core of food and nutrition expertise in order to expand their influencer and position themselves for bold opportunities.