Today’s leaders eschew the corner office

February 16, 2018

When it comes to scoring the corner office, only 4% of professionals see it as a win, while fully 96% don’t care, based on findings of a January poll sponsored by LinkedIn and conducted by the Harris Poll among 2,000 U.S. adults.

What’s more, 86% of professionals don’t prioritize having a job that their peers admire.

So what are they working so hard to attain or accomplish? Now it’s about being your own boss, say the LinkedIn researchers: More than one-third (34%) of professionals would take a 10% pay-cut for the ability to design their own schedules.

They also don’t care as much about titles as their predecessors and mentors used to do. Nearly nine out of ten (89%) believe that what they know—their skills, abilities and training—takes precedence over what stature they have reached in an organization.

In fact, learning a new skill is the number-one goal professionals are in it for in 2018, LinkedIn has found.

Others are in it for the money. Nearly three-quarters (74%) say they do not want to worry about finances.

This motivation is helping to usher in the age of the “side hustle”. Whether it’s moonlighting in an art gallery or building websites on the weekends, more than one-third of professionals today (36%) find success in pursuing a passion project or side job.

The majority of professionals (87%) say success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life; it’s about what you inspire others to do. Putting this into action, nearly 40% of professionals feel most successful when teaching others. .

Finally, one of the strongest motivators is beating career FOMO (fear of missing out). Almost two-thirds (65%) of Americans say they fear they will miss their opportunity to succeed if they don’t keep their options open.

It is no surprise that the LinkedIn researchers advise, “Tto beat career FOMO, it’s important to always keep your network active and constantly seek new challenges both inside and outside of the workplace.”

Research contact: @cafisher

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