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What’s Next for Leading Contributors?



You are a valued, leading contributor, actively aiding to the success of your organization.  Your efforts matter and are being recognized!  As a leading contributor, you have the ability to positively impact your team and any projects that you are on.  Think about what keeps you so engaged.  What is your favorite part of your role?  What do you want to achieve in the future?  Identifying what motivates you can help you to stay at the top and feel good about what you are accomplishing.   


Discussion Topics to Consider:


  • You’re already contributing at a high level, but how can you expand your reach? Are there any special projects coming up that could be a good fit for you? 
  • Think about your strengths.  Are there any opportunities for you to continue to fine-tune those skills? 


  • As a leading contributor, you are naturally someone that other people are going to look to for guidance.  Have you ever wanted to mentor someone?   
  • As a leading contributor, you may be a candidate for leadership training/opportunities.  This is a great chance to strengthen your leadership skills and grow as a mentor or coach.   


  • In addition to maybe mentoring others, you may want a mentor for yourself.  As a top performer for the organization, it would be valuable to find someone who can help you fine tune your talents so that you are ready to take on any new challenges ahead.  
  • Where do you see yourself in a year? In three years? In five years?  Thinking ahead can help you to determine your path forward.  Talk with your Manager about what steps you should be taking to reach your career goals.  


As a top performer, you have worked hard to get where you’re at.  You have a lot to be proud of!  However, with all your hard work, you may be at risk of burnout.  Here are some things to consider: 

  • What are you doing to recover when you aren’t at work?  Having a strong work-life balance can help you stay refreshed and recharged, allowing you to come to work engaged and ready to give it your all.  If we don’t make time for recovery, we may find ourselves becoming disengaged and start to slip in our performance.   
  • What part of your role makes you feel most engaged?  Do you find yourself feeling excited at the prospect of a new creative challenge?  Maybe you’re somebody who likes working on a team because of the people interactions.  Understanding what gets us engaged and inspired can help us to seek out those opportunities, keeping our work experience a positive one.  
  • Check-in with your Manager.  Having frequent touchpoints with our Managers can help us to feel supported and motivated.  It is always a good feeling to know your Manager appreciates your efforts and is willing to guide and support you.  However, our Managers can’t read our minds, so initiating some of these conversations can help to ensure that both of you are on the same page.   

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Continue to expand your contributions! You are developing into a leader, so keep up the amazing work.  Your experience is a priority for the organization, and we are dedicated to your professional development. Meet with your Manager to determine your best path forward and how you can best leverage your strengths in an engaging and impactful way.  



Updated on October 30, 2023
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