Ep #120: How Being ‘Irreplaceable’ is Sabotaging Your Career

Corporate badass:

I know you are amazing in your current role.

And I have zero doubts that you’re going to absolutely nail it as a senior executive leader someday.

But, I have some news for you that may be tough to swallow.

👉 The fact that you’re irreplaceable in your role is ruining your chances of getting promoted.

Being irreplaceable feels so good because it feels like job security.

But if you don’t start grooming your successor now, you’re going to be so securely attached to your current role that your leadership team is never going to promote you to the next one.

Look at it this way:

When you are irreplaceable, it’s easier for your organization to hire someone NEW to fill the role you want than it is to promote you and find a replacement (or, let’s be real, three replacements) to take over the work you are doing right now.

And yea, this sucks. I 100% agree.

But when you cling to being irreplaceable, you are shooting yourself in the foot.

So what do you do instead?


A) Start grooming your successor starting now.


B) You communicate this to the executive team so they know you have a plan.

Because you know what?

Executive leaders make plans.

They spot issues that may come up in their careers and they take action to overcome them.

And they communicate their big, bold strategies to the people who need to hear them.

So in this episode of Maximize Your Carer with Stacy Mayer, I’m showing you how to groom your successor AND how to let the executive team know so you can reach higher level executive roles and be successful once you get there.

Want to receive the recognition you deserve, step into a higher leadership position, get paid for your ideas instead of the hours you put in at work, and enjoy more time, freedom, energy, and joy? Then you need to get your hands on a copy of Promotions Made Easy. Get your copy here.

What You'll Learn:

  • Why you can’t rely on your boss to help you find your replacement
  • How getting promoted without the proper replacement will make it harder to perform at the executive level
  • How to shift from being irreplaceable to getting promoted
  • How to communicate this shift to the executive team
  • Why being the only person who can do your job is selfish

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About Your Host

Hi! I'm Stacy Mayer, a Certified Executive Coach and Promotion Strategist on a mission to bring more diversity to the leadership table by getting 1000 underrepresented corporate managers promoted into senior executive positions each year worldwide.

I help undervalued executives scale to the C-Suite using repositioning strategies that build your confidence and visibility, so you can earn the recognition and support you need from key stakeholders while embodying your unique leadership style.

My podcast “Women Changing Leadership with Stacy Mayer” tackles topics like executive communication, getting more respect in the workplace from challenging bosses and team members, and avoiding the common mistakes that sabotage career advancement.

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