May 29, 2013

Want to move up at work? Be a true believer

It's not just who you know anymore

New research is tweaking an old adage about how to get ahead in a competitive workplace: It’s not just who you know, but what you believe in.

A recently published BYU business study finds that employees who are “true believers” in the mission of their organization are more likely to increase in status and influence than non-believers.

“Many organizations today have a well-defined mission with enduring principles that matter, not only to employees, but to other stakeholders,” said John Bingham, BYU professor of organizational leadership and strategy. “It’s a shift from the old paradigm. In these companies, it’s less about who you know.”