As human resources experts, Sageview Consulting often counsels clients on how to better manage their employees. However, today we want to share some wisdom that could help employees get noticed and actually become managers.
Moving up to a management position can seem like a far-fetched goal for someone without any managerial experience, but with the right mindset and a clear vision, getting that promotion is actually quite achievable.
To prove to your employer that you would be great at managing other people, first you need to become great at managing yourself. Make sure you’re always on time and up-to-date on the tasks that need to be accomplished.
Treat each task as if you were the project manager, and make an effort to understand how each assignment fits into the bigger picture of what the organization is trying to achieve.
Try to exceed expectations in everything you do in the workplace. However, when a mistake is made, be ready to take responsibility for your actions. Accountability and ownership are key qualities employers look for in managerial candidates.
Always be proactive: show initiative and volunteer for leadership roles. Establish regular rapport with your boss, and don’t be afraid to ask questions or voice ideas on how you think things could be improved or made more efficient.
One of the best ways to demonstrate that you’re ready for a management position is to help your co-workers. The ability to help others accomplish their goals is a defining characteristic of a good manager.
Once you’ve established yourself as an exceptional employee and feel ready to take on additional responsibilities, make your intentions known to your boss. Highlight how your skills and experience will allow you to add value to the organization in your new role. You don’t need to ask for a promotion right away, but expressing your interest in being considered for a higher position once it becomes available will put you on the right track for advancing your career.
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